The AirSpeck family of static and mobile wireless air quality monitors

D K Arvind, Janek Mann, Andrew Bates, K. Kotsev

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The Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) [1] is a set of high quality reference monitoring sites for recording air quality in the United Kingdom. They are costly to install and expensive to run, and are therefore limited in numbers. The data from these networks are used to inform regulatory compliance with the Ambient Air Quality Directives [2]. There is also a requirement to monitor air pollution at sufficiently high spatial and temporal resolutions around people to estimate personal exposure to particulates, and gases such as Nitrogen Dioxide and Ozone for better understanding their health impacts. Such high resolution measurements can also be used for validating the air quality models’ estimates of variability over space and time due to complex interactions. Networks of air-quality monitors using inexpensive sensors offer a cost effective alternative approach for recording trends in air quality at a higher spatial resolution, albeit not as accurately as the reference monitoring sites. This paper describes the design, implementation, and deployment of a family of air quality monitors: stationary (AirSpeck-S) monitors for measuring ambient air quality, and mobile wearable AirSpeck-P for monitoring personal exposure to air borne particulates (PM10, PM2.5 and PM1), and the gases - Nitrogen Dioxide and Ozone. Results are presented for characterising the ambient air quality in public spaces gathered from people wearing the AirSpeck-P monitors who are out and about in two cities as pedestrians (Edinburgh, Scotland) and as car passengers (Delhi, India). The paper demonstrates the viability of using inexpensive static and mobile AirSpeck monitors for mapping trends in particulate concentrations in urban spaces. Results are presented for comparisons of the mobile personal exposure data from pedestrians with static AirSpeck-S monitors along the same route, and the characterization of urban spaces based on levels of particulate concentration using the AirSpeck-P monitor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2817-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-2818-4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2016
Event2016 Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 31 Aug 20162 Sept 2016


Conference2016 Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design
Abbreviated titleDSD 2016
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