Theme: Urban Mobility
SODAQ has put IoT to good use by creating a low-cost Bicycle Air Quality Sensor to quickly map out the air quality in vast areas.
Due to the increasing populations in cities, as well as the high number of people commuting, there is an increased awareness about air quality but very few points where it is actually being measured. This is primarily because of the high cost of sensors and immobility of the devices traditionally installed by government bodies. Together with the province of Utrecht we have developed the Bicycle Air Quality Sensor, which is mounted to a bicycle’s handlebars and accurately measures temperature, humidity, pressure, particulate matter (pollution) and gaseous substances (volumetric organic compound). Supported by a community participation group in the municipality of Zeist, as well as a bicycle courier company in Hilversum we are starting to map the air quality around multiple cities in the Netherlands and will expand from there. We have also partnered with Civity, who have a FIWARE-enabled open data platform for interpreting and sharing the data collected. The early trial results confirm that high quality sensors are available since recently at low cost, and we will begin trialing them on bicycles from the 10th of October to gather data points for a large coverage area. We sample every 10 seconds, and communicate every minute over the NB-IoT network (also available in Barcelona). As SODAQ, we believe that the greatest catalyst in development is the open-source philosophy, which is why we have used state-of-the-art open development tools and allow any other community/city to use the building blocks we have made available. With this approach, we know that many cities around the world will adopt the solution.