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Sensors 2015, 15(6), 12242-12259; doi:10.3390/s150612242

A Low-Cost Sensing System for Cooperative Air Quality Monitoring in Urban Areas

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Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
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Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Via G. Caruso 16, 56122 Pisa, Italy
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Academic Editor: Antonio Puliafito
Received: 1 April 2015 / Revised: 8 May 2015 / Accepted: 21 May 2015 / Published: 26 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors and Smart Cities)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban sensing; air quality monitoring; cooperative system; participatory sensing urban sensing; air quality monitoring; cooperative system; participatory sensing
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Brienza, S.; Galli, A.; Anastasi, G.; Bruschi, P. A Low-Cost Sensing System for Cooperative Air Quality Monitoring in Urban Areas. Sensors 2015, 15, 12242-12259.

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