Urban Scanner Project
Urban Scanner project
Urban Scanner is an integrated platform that provides high-resolution spatiotemporal air quality information within urban environments. It collects and combines a variety of information such as air pollution concentration, a 3D map of the city, traffic conditions, micro-weather patterns, etc.
Urban Scanner mobile measurement platform
Lidar & 360-degree camera
Aethalometer & DiSCmini (measuring black carbon & ultrafine particles (UFPs))
Airflow inlets (measuring particulate matter (PM), NO2, O3, CO, etc.)
Research study #1:
Design, calibration, and testing of a mobile sensor system for air pollution and built environment data collection: The urban scanner platform
This study describes a mobile air pollution sampling system, the Urban Scanner, which aims at gathering dense spatiotemporal air quality data to support urban air quality and exposure science.
Urban Scanner comprises custom vehicle-mounted sensors for air pollution, meteorology, and built environment data collection (low-cost sensors, wind anemometer, 360 deg camera, LIDAR, GPS) as well as a server to store, process, and map all gathered geo-referenced sensory information.
Two levels of sensor calibration were implemented, both in a chamber and in the field, against reference instrumentation. Algorithms were developed to remove noise and hysteresis from signals.
We observe that the platform adequately captures spatial and temporal variability in urban air pollution, leading to the development of land-use regression models with high explanatory power.