Environmental issues are relevant for people health and wellness and for large scale sustainability.
Citizens are increasingly asking for environmental quality and to limit air, water and soil pollution.
Public entities and authorities need to act effectively, adopting good policies and deploying solutions.
More specifically, air quality can be assessed comparing pollutants’ concentration with “safe” thresholds defined by international regulations. NO2 is one of the components to be monitored and it is still a major issue, most of all in urban areas and winter time.
Presently, the monitoring of air quality is managed by few (very expensive) certified fixed stations. These data are not enough to have a clear picture and to act properly. Moreover, people involvement is a key feature of the growing vision of smart communities and of social participation.
This is why a growing attention is being given to portable (or wearable) devices measuring air pollution. The aim is to create a crowd-sourced network of low-costs sensors collecting data (by people when moving outdoor). These data can be used for better understanding the diffusion of pollutants in a urban settings, to provide actionable knowledge to decision makers and personal feedback to citizens. At this stage, the challenge is to develop a “mass” product, i.e. low-cost and easy-to-use, so to be adopted by a large number of customers. Even if there exist many alternatives an acceptable compromise between cost and measure quality is still to be found.
Starting from existing low-cost NO2 sensors (metal dioxide or others) it is asked to develop new portable (or even wearable) measurement devices for outdoor personal usage, using open platforms (such as but not limited to Arduino).
The new device shall be equipped with Bluetooth connection and with additional sensors (measuring for instance temperature, humidity, etc.) The aim is to guarantee precision and stability of measures, while minimizing the overall cost and the energy consumption. To boost adoption among potential customers a specific evaluation will be given to the user experience attained.
· 15.000€ of amount to be divided among the best solutions provided according to the project complexity
· Working collaboration with AizoOn (contract to be evaluated)
· Single participant: degree, max 35 years old
· Team: degree for all team members, age average maximum 35 years
End date for submission: 25/09/2015
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your proposal and for any further information.
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