NYU to track activity at Related’s Hudson Yards

Sensors throughout the project will track pedestrian traffic and worker activity
April 14, 2014 05:04PM

New York University is making the under-construction Hudson Yards development the subject of a big data study that the developers hope will help manage the 28-acre megadevelopment more efficiently, according to a report.

The school’s Center for Urban Science and Progress will partner with the Related Companies to analyze data collected on several parameters inside the 17 million-square-foot mixed-use complex on the Far West Side — including pedestrian traffic, air quality and the health and activity of workers and residents, Crain’s reported.

The development, which is being built above the West Side Yards rail yard, will have its own power generation plant and central waste management system that will give researchers a leg up in the project, according to the article.

Researchers will install thousands of sensors to pick up the data, much like those used by the HouseofCoats Twitter account, which tracks the activity of one West Coast home, or the pedestrian traffic-tracking sensors that commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefileld test-launched in 2012, as previously reported. [Crain’s]Angela Hunt