EU project works on ozone detection via Bluetooth
Ozone detection is an important aspect of testing both outdoor and indoor air quality; but how can it be made more accessible to the population in general?
The solution, according to the EU’s EVERYAWARE project, could be to enable ozone detection via Bluetooth, with portable sensors wirelessly connected to people’s smartphones.
A team from the UK, Germany, Belgium and Italy have collaborated to create AirProbe, a battery-operated portable sensor that links via Bluetooth to the user’s smartphone.
The box can test outdoor and indoor air quality, with ozone detection, black carbon detection, and the ability to report back on levels of several other potential pollutants as well.
An app installed on the smartphone allows the data to be interpreted, and the team are looking into ways to gamify the use of the app, in order to encourage people to share their readings publicly.
The collected data can also be used by scientists in large-scale environmental analyses, making it more than just a quirky use of smartphones, or even a method of protecting health on an individual scale.