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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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Experimental results: gas concentrations (NO2, and CO) in the three zones.
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Mentions: The monitoring phase started on 1 May 2014 and ended on 1 June 2014. Since nodes were placed outdoors, the WiFi signal strength was quite variable, and, therefore, the WiFi connection was not optimal. However, we observed that no measurement was missed, thanks to the reliable data transfer service implemented in uSense. The experimental results are plotted in Figure 7 and Figure 8.


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

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

Experimental results: gas concentrations (NO2, and CO) in the three zones.
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sensors-15-12242-f007: Experimental results: gas concentrations (NO2, and CO) in the three zones.
Mentions: The monitoring phase started on 1 May 2014 and ended on 1 June 2014. Since nodes were placed outdoors, the WiFi signal strength was quite variable, and, therefore, the WiFi connection was not optimal. However, we observed that no measurement was missed, thanks to the reliable data transfer service implemented in uSense. The experimental results are plotted in Figure 7 and Figure 8.

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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Related in: MedlinePlus