Published May 12, 2018 | Version v1
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hackAIR: Towards Raising Awareness about Air Quality in Europe by Developing a Collective Online Platform

  • 1. DRAXIS Environmental S.A.
  • 2. NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research
  • 3. Information Technologies Institute—Centre for Research & Technology Hellas
  • 4. Technological Educational Institute of Athens
  • 5. Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace


Although air pollution is one of the most significant environmental factors posing a threat to human health worldwide, air quality data are scarce or not easily accessible in most European countries. The current work aims to develop a centralized air quality data hub that enables citizens to contribute to air quality monitoring. In this work, data from official air quality monitoring stations are combined with air pollution estimates from sky-depicting photos and from low-cost sensing devices that citizens build on their own so that citizens receive improved information about the quality of the air they breathe. Additionally, a data fusion algorithm merges air quality information from various sources to provide information in areas where no air quality measurements exist.



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hackAIR – Collective awareness platform for outdoor air pollution 688363
European Commission