Every day, decisions are being made regarding how much to budget for infrastructure maintenance. The information guiding these decisions is often collected by “feet on the street” — manpower with clipboards making notes. This information has the potential to be inconsistent, outdated, and is not always easily accessible across departments.
The accessibility and viability of shared spaces depends on the accuracy of data gathering and the frequency of data verification. There are approximately 60,000 street lights throughout the City of Pittsburgh, many of them different sizes, heights, and made of different materials.