Know Your Nodes: Waggle



In the next few years, CROCUS partners will deploy nearly 20 sensor arrays across the city of Chicago to gather more data on the area’s changing climate. So now is the time to get to know the nodes you might see in your area.

Meet the Waggle node—a grouping of sensors that measure wind, temperature, rainfall, snow accumulation, radiation and air pollution. The equipment is capable of edge computing—processing data at the source of collection so that researchers can access environmental readings in near-real time.

Waggle uses AI to measure the environment based on images. It can see changes in its surroundings like flooding and cloud cover. Waggle can even hear birds.

Waggle is the infrastructure that holds our CROCUS measurements together. The information we collect with this node will connect climate measurements to the real-world impacts of climate change.