Novel sensor platforms to monitor air pollution
In the Oslo Citizens’ Observatory we are testing low-cost air quality sensors to monitor air pollution. We are using the following different platforms:
1. Static platforms mounted in kindergartens measuring NO, NO2, O3, CO, PM10, PM2.5, temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure and noise.
2. Mobile platforms mounted in buses measuring NO2 and CO. An OBS in the bus also collects data on GPS location, fuel consumption and speed. That data can help to estimate carbon emissions to the atmosphere.
3. Personal platforms that will be carried by people measuring NO2, O3, CO, temperature and relative humidity. The platforms are connected with a mobile phone using Bluetooh, data on physical activity and GPS is retrieved from the phone.
We are looking for volunteers to carry personal platforms. If you want to participate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with further information.
The project has also experimented with use of sensors on bicycles. The video below provides additional information.
The data from the sensors in sent to a common database. A team of researchers will check the data collected, will store them, analyze them, and use them to further scientific research and, possibly, policy making in the area of protecting our environment and health.
The research team will also use the data to understand better what works/doesn’t work for involving citizens in these issues and how to improve the operation of the project.
We will publish the results of the analysis in this webpage. For instance, we will use data fusion techniques to generate air pollution maps over Oslo every hour. You will soon be able to check them out!