Wake Forest installs downtown IoT sensors

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 9:45am

The Town of Wake Forest recently installed IoT (Internet of Things) sensors at seven downtown locations along both South White Street and Owen Avenue.

Each location consists of three to four IoT sensors in the form of IP (Internet Protocol) cameras. These sensors will allow the Town to collect data on crowd density during downtown events, help public safety keep track of traffic and pedestrian flow, monitor temperature and air quality, and more. The cameras will not be accessible to the public and no personally identifiable information will be detected, sent, or stored.

As part of the same initiative, the Town is upgrading its fiber-optic infrastructure in the downtown area to support greater access to public Wi-Fi.

This project is supported by a grant from US Treasury as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds award totaling $14.5 million. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/TOWF_ARPA.