|Particulate matter (pm10) awareness|
| Posted on 14/05/2014 - 08:41|
Particulate matter (pm10) is extremely damaging for human health. It is of big importance to create more awareness on pm10 sources and resulting health issues. This can be done using the first ultra-low cost particulate matter measurement system.
According to EU standards the average day concentration of particulate matter (PM10) may not exceed 50 μg/m3 more than 35 days a year. So far, no low cost particulate matter measurement system, that meets the minimum requirements, has been developed. Consequently, particulate matter is not measured in many places. The importance of measuring particulate matter is not to be underestimated however. Without sufficient measurement, particulate matter cannot be controlled at the required level. Since particulate matter can get deep in the lungs and causes serious health problems, being able to control its concentration is evident for public health. To facilitate the transition to more awareness, a new affordable technology to measure particulate matter needs to be developed.
A new technology and algorithm have been developed which make it possible to measure particulate matter, real time, at significantly lower costs. By creating a local network of low-cost sensors the amount of particulate matter at specific locations can be continually measured and give a warning when a certain amount is exceeded. Also, portable sensors are developed, which makes it possible to measure at different locations. The sensors are connected to a smart system that enables reporting over periods of time. The technique needs to be further developed and tested on a larger scale. If successful in receiving the award, the technology will be tested within the living lab of the Dutch city Assen.
Target group and social impact
The sensors can be used by companies to measure and justify their particulate matter emission, or by governments to compare different cities . The sensors can also be used by law enforcement on the other hand. The use of these sensors provides real time insights on the level of particulate matter, also at critical locations such as schools and hospitals. With the collected data recommendations can be made towards people on which places to avoid at certain times. This sensor technology has the potential to greatly improve particulate matter awareness and consequently improve (global) public health.
Competences of the applicant
Sensor City is a large-scale consortium of both public and private bodies. One of the consortium partners related to this project is ECN. ECN is the largest energy research institute in the Netherlands. They develop methods and instruments to measure all different kinds of emissions, including the above described particulate matter.
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