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Intelligent Air Monitoring Network

Objective

There is a growing concern in the European Union (EU) about the consequences of urban air pollution on public health. Although every EU country has been instructed to establish a network of air control stations in its cities, the limited number of these expensive fixed stations and the lengthy air sampling and data collection/processing does not allow fast dissemination of this information to the public. The objective of this project is to provide the EU with a cost-effective, upgradeable, user-friendly and intelligent air monitoring network covering Europe, and capable of meeting the 2005 air quality requirements. This dynamic network will, through the Internet via websites, not only inform on quasi real time the European citizens of air quality status anywhere in the EU, but also help the decision-makers to more effectively manage urban air quality. Fabrication of mobile and communicating (GSM/GPS) microstations will integrate low-cost, sensitive gas sensors based on nanostructered metal oxide materials.

Objectives:
The overall objective of this project is to provide the EU with a cost-effective, upgradeable, user-friendly and intelligent air monitoring network (mobile and communicating microstations) covering the whole European continent, complementing existing fixed air control stations, and capable of meeting the 2005 air quality requirements. This dynamic network will, through the Internet, not only inform on quasi real time the European citizens of air quality status (maps of NO2, NO, O3, CO, CO2 concentrations) anywhere in the EU, but also help the decision-makers to more effectively manage urban air quality by controlling factors such as road traffic, and also help scientists to refine mathematical predictions of urban air pollution in cities.

Milestones:
Main milestones:
*deagglomerated nanosized powders of metal oxide semiconductors;
*optimum methods for dispersion of nanopowders in liquid medium; advanced substrates;
* NO2, NO, CO, O3 and CO2 sensors;
*Network development
*electronic modules for sensor remote maintenance, and for GSM/GPS communication systems;
*air filtering/drying system;
*software for network administration, communications control and data processing;
*websites for information dissemination and network control.

Ultimate result: network of communicating gas sensing microstations linked to a central data processing station.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CLAUSTHAL
Address
Adolph-roemer-strasse 2A
38678 Clausthal-zellerfeld
Germany

Participants (7)

CENTRE EUROPEEN DE RECHERCHE SUR LES APPLICATIONS MEDICALES ET ENVIRONNEMENTALES DES CERAMIQUES
France
Address
Avenue De La Liberation 64
87000 Limoges
COMSYS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS SERVICE GMBH
Germany
Address
Tec Center
31162 Bad Salzdetfurth
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS
Greece
Address
Vassilika Vouton
71110 Iraklio, Crete
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
OLDHAM
France
Address
Zone Industrielle Est - Rue Orfila
62027 Arras
PATRAS MUNICIPAL ENTERPRISE FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
Greece
Address
Agiou Georgiou Str., 104
26225 Patras
UNIVERSITY OF WALES SWANSEA
United Kingdom
Address
Singleton Park
Swansea