Testing Smart City environmental monitoring technology using small scale temporary cities

Steven Johnston, Philip J. Basford, Florentin Bulot, Hazel Celeste Easton Natasha, Gavin Foster, Matthew Loxham, Mihaela Apetroaie-Cristea, Andrew Morris, Simon Cox

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Exposure to Particulate Matter (PM) has been identified as a major health problem worldwide. Established measurement techniques require equipment costing many thousands of dollars and specialist expertise to maintain. Ongoing research is investigating the use of low cost <;$300 sensors to enable greater temporal-spatial density of readings to be taken. There are questions about the suitability and reliability of these low-cost sensors, which can be addressed by deploying and evaluating the sensors in real world applications. Rather than deploying standalone data loggers for each sensor, each air quality monitor is connected to an IoT device to enable real time transmission of data. We propose festival sites as small scale cities to enable a short term deployments and evaluation of sensors. This work illustrates that, if coupled with higher resolution of wind data, low-cost sensors may enable to follow the evolution of pollution hotspots and help the identification of pollution sources. This study, building upon the body of work focused on the evaluation and best practice of using low-cost sensors for PM monitoring. We present data from these IoT devices and experiences gained from using a festival site as a substitute for a city.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4980-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4981-7
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2019
Event2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 15 Apr 201918 Apr 2019


Conference2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)


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  • RCUK
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  • NE/L002531/1
  • EP/P004024/1


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