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A low-cost sensing system for cooperative air quality monitoring in urban areas.

Brienza S, Galli A, Anastasi G, Bruschi P - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: Specifically, users monitor the areas of their interest by deploying low-cost and low-power sensor nodes.In addition, they can share the collected data following a social networking approach. uSense has been tested through an in-field experimentation performed in different areas of a city.The obtained results are in line with those provided by the local environmental control authority and show that uSense can be profitably used for air quality monitoring.

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Affiliation: Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy. simone.brienza@for.unipi.it.

ABSTRACT
Air quality in urban areas is a very important topic as it closely affects the health of citizens. Recent studies highlight that the exposure to polluted air can increase the incidence of diseases and deteriorate the quality of life. Hence, it is necessary to develop tools for real-time air quality monitoring, so as to allow appropriate and timely decisions. In this paper, we present uSense, a low-cost cooperative monitoring tool that allows knowing, in real-time, the concentrations of polluting gases in various areas of the city. Specifically, users monitor the areas of their interest by deploying low-cost and low-power sensor nodes. In addition, they can share the collected data following a social networking approach. uSense has been tested through an in-field experimentation performed in different areas of a city. The obtained results are in line with those provided by the local environmental control authority and show that uSense can be profitably used for air quality monitoring.

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Mentions: In order to test the overall system, we performed an in-field experimentation of uSense. To this end, we installed a number of sensor nodes in different urban areas. In the following, we will refer to the experimental measurements obtained from three sensor nodes installed in the area of Lucca—a city in Tuscany—in strategic location with different expected pollution levels. Sensor nodes—inside their PVC boxes—were installed near roads, in order to investigate the impact of traffic on air quality. Specifically, we considered three areas (namely Zone A, Zone B, Zone C) with different traffic conditions and, hence, different expected pollution levels. Zone A is near the center of the city and is characterized by heavy traffic. On the contrary, Zone B is in the countryside and the sensor node is located near a rural road. Finally, Zone C is a suburban area with medium traffic intensity. Figure 5 shows the positions on the map of the three sensor nodes during the in-field experimentation, whereas Figure 6 shows the sensor nodes inside their boxes, as they have been placed in the various zones.


A low-cost sensing system for cooperative air quality monitoring in urban areas.

Brienza S, Galli A, Anastasi G, Bruschi P - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Sensor installation in Zone A (a), Zone B (b), Zone B (c).
© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4507691&req=5

sensors-15-12242-f006: Sensor installation in Zone A (a), Zone B (b), Zone B (c).
Mentions: In order to test the overall system, we performed an in-field experimentation of uSense. To this end, we installed a number of sensor nodes in different urban areas. In the following, we will refer to the experimental measurements obtained from three sensor nodes installed in the area of Lucca—a city in Tuscany—in strategic location with different expected pollution levels. Sensor nodes—inside their PVC boxes—were installed near roads, in order to investigate the impact of traffic on air quality. Specifically, we considered three areas (namely Zone A, Zone B, Zone C) with different traffic conditions and, hence, different expected pollution levels. Zone A is near the center of the city and is characterized by heavy traffic. On the contrary, Zone B is in the countryside and the sensor node is located near a rural road. Finally, Zone C is a suburban area with medium traffic intensity. Figure 5 shows the positions on the map of the three sensor nodes during the in-field experimentation, whereas Figure 6 shows the sensor nodes inside their boxes, as they have been placed in the various zones.

Bottom Line: Specifically, users monitor the areas of their interest by deploying low-cost and low-power sensor nodes.In addition, they can share the collected data following a social networking approach. uSense has been tested through an in-field experimentation performed in different areas of a city.The obtained results are in line with those provided by the local environmental control authority and show that uSense can be profitably used for air quality monitoring.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy. simone.brienza@for.unipi.it.

ABSTRACT
Air quality in urban areas is a very important topic as it closely affects the health of citizens. Recent studies highlight that the exposure to polluted air can increase the incidence of diseases and deteriorate the quality of life. Hence, it is necessary to develop tools for real-time air quality monitoring, so as to allow appropriate and timely decisions. In this paper, we present uSense, a low-cost cooperative monitoring tool that allows knowing, in real-time, the concentrations of polluting gases in various areas of the city. Specifically, users monitor the areas of their interest by deploying low-cost and low-power sensor nodes. In addition, they can share the collected data following a social networking approach. uSense has been tested through an in-field experimentation performed in different areas of a city. The obtained results are in line with those provided by the local environmental control authority and show that uSense can be profitably used for air quality monitoring.

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