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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agr...
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agr...
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agr...
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agr...
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agr...
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agr...
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agr...
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
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hackAIR - Open technology to map the air we breathe

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Air pollution is the single environmental issue Europeans worry about the most, and many do not feel sufficiently informed about air quality issues in their country. Despite our commitments to measure air quality, official data remains patchy and is not always easily accessible.

The EU-funded project hackAIR joins the movement to improve air quality data in Europe through participatory sensing technology and citizen’s engagement. We build an open technology platform that you can use to access, collect and improve air quality information in Europe.

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hackAIR - Open technology to map the air we breathe

  1. 1. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 hackAIR Open technology platform Collect, access and improve air quality information in Europe 1
  2. 2. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 European Environment Agency, Air Quality in Europe (2014) Photo: Patrick Kovarik, AFP, Getty Images In 2011, 458.000 premature deaths in Europe were attributed to particulate matter in the air. 2
  3. 3. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Air pollution: invisible but dangerous Up to a third of Europeans living in cities are exposed to air pollutant levels exceeding EU air quality standards. Around 88% of the urban population is exposed to excessive Particulate Matter (PM10) levels and other pollutants deemed damaging to health by the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. EU reference value: PM10: 50 μg/m3 (daily average) WHO air quality guidelines: 20 μg/m3 (annual average) Source: European Environment Agency, Air Quality in Europe (2015) EU limit values WHO guidelines EU urban population exposed to harmful levels of air pollution, according to: PM10 3
  4. 4. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Photo:LundrimAliu/WorldBank “Despite continuous improvements in recent decades, air pollution is still affecting the general health of Europeans, reducing their quality of life and life expectancy.” Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director European Environment Agency, EEA 4
  5. 5. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Increasing citizens’ engagement on air quality • Air pollution is the single environmental issue Europeans worry about the most (56%)1 • Nearly six out of ten Europeans do not feel informed about air quality issues in their country (59%)2 1 Eurobarometer, Attitudes of European citizens towards the environment, (2014) 2 Eurobarometer, Attitudes of Europeans towards air quality, (2013) 5
  6. 6. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 We need better information To provide useful estimates of air quality, we need to: Fill gaps in areas where distances between sites may be large; Improve access to data across many sources; Provide up to date air quality information. Selected PM10 values, 2004 (from EEA 2015) 6
  7. 7. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Time to be proactive Photo: Austin Ban, Unsplash Individually: protecting our health & the environment Collectively: triggering policy change & encouraging behavioral change towards a cleaner air 7
  8. 8. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 We are taking up the challenge to launch the hackAIR project! hackAIR is all about awareness and behavioral change: taking care of our health and of the earth. 6 partners, 5 European countries Joining the movement to improve air quality data in Europe 8
  9. 9. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 hackAIR partners DRAXIS, Greece Project management and platform integration NILU, Norway Data fusion model and pilot test in Norway CERTH, Greece Data discovery and integration BUND, Germany Pilot test in Germany and network of interest VUB, Belgium Co-creation and engagement strategies ON:SUBJECT, Netherlands Dissemination and exploitation 9
  10. 10. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Making the problem visible “The biggest strength of hackAIR is making air quality visible. You can be informed and contribute to this yourself.” Arne Fellermann, BUND Its uniqueness: Openness (open source); Pictures as measurement tool; Easy to use hardware hack solutions 10
  11. 11. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 What happens when you combine open technology, participatory sensing and air quality in Europe? Photo: Austin Ban, Unsplash 11
  12. 12. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Meet Aylin! Should I ride the bicycle or take the tram today? I’m helping to map the neighbourhood’s air by taking pictures. It’s really interesting to see how air quality changes over time – and to compare with other cities! 12
  13. 13. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 End users & stakeholders Organisations working on public health and/or environmental issues Institutions conducting research and monitoring on air quality and pollution Businesses and projects collecting, managing, and displaying air quality data 13
  14. 14. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 hackAIR in a nutshell Access to: Open source code; Real-time information on the current status of air quality; A community of like-minded users; Personalised recommendations. 14
  15. 15. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Data sources: Mobile images • From Instagram or as a direct upload in the hackAIR app • Pictures need: • Geolocation data • Sufficient visibility of clear sky • hackAIR’s algorithm then estimates particle matter content based on the colour of the sky using aerosol optical depth 15
  16. 16. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Data sources: Open hardware sensors • Tutorials and manuals for a DIY-sensor kit from low-cost hardware, including: • Arduino libraries for quick and easy deployment • Stand-alone hackAIR sensor system based on PSoC® with Bluetooth Low Energy transceiver • Optical air quality sensors to measure PM10 • Estimated system cost: ca. 40-90€ 16
  17. 17. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Data sources: Low-tech measurements • Simple setup: Aquarium pump + food container + paper filter • Upload smartphone photo of the resulting colorized paper and a reference filter • hackAIR estimates air pollution based on relative difference of filter colors 17
  18. 18. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Data sources: Open air quality datasets and data integration hackAIR integrates publicly available data sources from air quality monitoring stations and participatory sensing initiatives to provide an approximate picture of the current air quality in a given location. 18
  19. 19. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Towards engagement & behaviour change hackAIR helps citizens to move from awareness to behaviour change on air quality: • Members of the hackAIR community collaborate to gather and make sense of air quality data; • The platform supports citizens with: 1. Steps to reduce individual air pollution, and 2. Steps to protect oneself against air pollution; • The data can also be used to impact policy making towards air quality improvements. 19
  20. 20. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Co-creation of hackAIR Hypothetical scenarios Current practice scenario Together with users, developers and stakeholders in Norway, Germany, Greece Possible future scenario Proof of concept User wishes Technical possibilities Evaluate + refine The innovation binder approach (Jacobs et al., 2014) 20
  21. 21. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 hackAIR pilots Starting in September 2016 in two countries: • Germany: Focus on environmental activists • Norway: Focus on health interest groups 21
  22. 22. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 hackAIR timeline 2016 2017 2018 Content exploration Idea & concept development Pilot operation and engagement Analysis, requirements, development and systems integration Iterative development of the hackAIR platform Co-creation process Evaluation and sustainability 22
  23. 23. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Join a growing movement to improve air quality data Sign up to the hackAIR newsletter: http://bit.ly/hackair-news Visit our website: www.hackair.eu Follow us on Twitter: @hack_AIR 23
  24. 24. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363 Thank you! Project coordinator: Dr. Machi Simeonidou, msimeonidou@draxis.gr Media contact: Wiebke Herding, wiebke@onsubject.eu

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