Smart Environment : monitor ozone levels in volunteer homes

Smart Environment : monitor Ozone levels in volunteer homes

According to European Environmental agency 20,000 premature deaths are caused in Europe yearly due to the excessive exposure to ground level ozone. As a result of which, the European Union has set up a project to control the ozone levels in volunteer homes by using Libelium sensors. Libelium Sensors are used to monitor air quality in countrysides. captorAIR app are used to achieve real-time information of the Captor nodes . Let’s talk about Smart Environment !

To measure ozone levels, a network of sensors has been installed in three most affected areas where ground-level ozone are higher such as in Barcelonès-Vallès Oriental-Osona area in Spain, La Plana Padana, in the Po Valley (Italy) as well as in Burgenland, Styria and Lower Austria (Austria).

What’s the difference between ozone layer and ground-level ozone ?

Ozone Layer said to be a shield and consists of three oxygen atoms, it is a colorless and odorless reactive gas which is found in the earth’s stratosphere. It absorbs the ultraviolet rays of the sun radiation that could be harmful and dangerous to life on earth. However, ground-level ozone or “bad” ozone is an air pollutant that is dangerous to breathe and it damages vegetation.

Bad ozone is bad for health
Bad ozone is bad for health

Even though, the European countries have taken great step in reducing air pollution and has completely removed winter smog from the burning of coal and reduced levels of acid rain, a high concentration of fine particulates and ground-level ozone is still posing a problem for public health and ecosystems across the country.

Adverse health effects

According to European Environmental agency, 20,000 premature deaths are caused in Europe per year due to the excessive exposure to ‘bad’ ozone. As a result of which, the European Union has set up a project to control the ozone levels in volunteer homes by using Libelium sensors.

European Union Project (EU Project) CAPTOR measures tropospheric ozone in areas where levels usually go beyond the normal values. Libelium Sensors are used to monitor air quality in countrysides. Real-time information of the Captor nodes can be achieved by consulting the captorAIR app.

Libelium Sensors are used to monitor air quality in countrysides
Libelium Sensors are used to monitor air quality in countrysides

The UPC (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya) is directing the Collective Awareness Platform for Tropospheric Ozone Pollution (CAPTOR), the latter is a platform which uses Libelium’s IoT technology to control tropospheric ozone and other secondary pollutants (NOx and VOC).

Ozone often known as the “forgotten pollutant” which is a greenhouse gas, as its effects are felt far from the areas that cause it. But ground-level ozone is principally an air pollutant, which is of a high concern in Europe.

The polluters that is the urban population do not suffer the deterioration of the air quality caused by their gas emissions, however the rural population, the one which has a limited liability to monitor the emission breathes degraded air.

A network of sensors to measure ozone levels

To measure ozone levels, a network of sensors has been installed in three most affected areas such as in Barcelonès-Vallès Oriental-Osona area in Spain, La Plana Padana, in the Po Valley (Italy) as well as in Burgenland, Styria and Lower Austria (Austria).

Libelium’s wireless sensor platform Waspmote is extremely flexible which has been designed in such a way that it can work with many different IoT smart cities projects in :

  • measuring polluting gases levels,
  • controlling particle pollution,
  • measuring light intensity levels as well as noise pollution from road traffic, construction and industry

The devices inspired by Libelium’s Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Cities Pro line, have been operated and maintained jointly by the Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the UPC.

In the year 2016, one ozone measurement campaign was carried out in Spain to test the system and tools for publishing the data. From 2017 to 2018, a campaign was carried out in private houses of volunteers from three countries such as Austria, Italy and Spain.

From 2017 to 2018, a campaign was carried out in private houses of volunteers from Austria, Italy and Spain
From 2017 to 2018, a campaign was carried out in private houses of volunteers from Austria, Italy and Spain

In the CAPTOR project, residents and scientists collaborated together to control and address the problem of ozone pollution in Europe. In fact, the aim of the project is to find solutions to the problem of air pollution as well as to reinforce the citizens’ awareness of their right to clean air.

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