Particulate Matter (PM) can be hazardous to your health.
Ideally particulate matter should be measured very prcisely and everywhere.
Are you interested in new technologies?
Do you like to participate in research?
Do you want to understand environmental data better?
Do you want to be part of a smart network for the air quality?
At present, particulate matter is determined gravimetrical at measurement stations. For this purpose, the air is sucked on filters, after a few days filters are collected, weighted and particulate matter concentration determined. Therefore one can only determine the PM concentration at an area after its occurance. Also daily variations of PM concentrations cannot be shown. Therefore one can only determine the PM concentration at an area after ists occurance. Also daily variations of PM concentrations cannot be shown. Therefore optical methods enable measurement of particulate matter "in real time", locally. Currently there are too few measuring points that can capture fine dust throughout the country. Therefore there has been the citizen Science approach for several years. Using simple technologies, interested citizens can assemble their own PM-sensors, register the sensor and visualize the data on a map. Examples of such projects are luftdaten.info, hackAIR or OpenSenseMap. Disadvantage of these sensors is, that they are not very accurate and that without measurements, a validation of the data quality is not possible. SmartAQnet therefore pursues the approach of combining the low-cost sensors with distributed reference devices to obtain the necessary validation.
Come and Join us for better scientific results
If you want to participate in the SmartAQnet project, want to build a sensor yourself and want to better unterstand environmental data, register with us!
We are planning a workshop in Augsburg at the end of March!
We will assemble sensors based od the model of Citizen Science project luftdaten.info (www.luftdaten.info), which you then you can install at home.