Air Quality Experiment

Real-time data, pollution exposure, public awareness & urban planning

The City of Paris launched an ambitious campaign called ‘Réinventons nos places’, in English ‘Let’s reinvent our squares’. Its goal is to improve quality of life, enhance public spaces and promote new usage as well as sustainable transport modes in 7 Parisian squares with strong history.

Place de la Nation square was chosen to start a large scale experimentation to collect noise, air pollution, and usage data. The results are shared with Parisians both in the square, through information screens, and online via open data.

The air quality aspect of the pilot is run by BreezoMeter and Cisco: BreezoMeter analyzes air quality data from local sensors, connected to the full network by Cisco. The project emphasizes on the different users’ exposure to pollution, the impact of road traffic and on supporting future urban planning and development.

Needs

  • Understand air pollution dispersion in the square
  • Monitor and document relevant air pollutants
  • Understand pollution exposure for pedestrian, bikers, drivers and local residents
  • Measure the impact of road traffic, traffic lights, bus/ metro stations on pollution
  • Produce reports to assist urban planning
Needs Circle

Solution

Sensors

Sensors

Sensors Define optimal sensor amount, type and locations for exposure and pollution causes analysis
Data Accuracy

Data Accuracy

Calibrate sensors, monitor and cross-check resulting data to ensure accuracy
Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Store, analyze and share pollution data for urban planning and public awareness

Benefits

Road Traffic

Road Traffic

Optimize road traffic to reduce pollution and improve quality of life
Urban Planning

Urban Planning

Make informed decision for urban planning
Research

Research

Complement air pollution dispersion understanding
Public Awareness

Public Awareness

Increase public awareness on air pollution and air pollution reduction initiatives