SmogOff

We've been awarded funding from Smartline (European Regional Development Funding) to develop and test some air pollution sensors (particulate matter and NOx). We'll be looking at ways to visualise air pollution in situ and in real time, so people can see the pollution levels on their streets.

The plan came about because new bike lanes were due to be installed near our studio in Cornwall in early 2022, and there was interest from the local council for getting air pollution data before and after the new infrastructure is put in place. While we wait to hear whether the funding is going ahead for the new bike lanes, we'll be developing and testing the sensors and visualisations on our studio building (Jubilee Wharf and Jubilee Warehouse in Penryn). The building is sandwiched between a busy road on one side and a calm estuary on the other, and has an adventurous and thoughtful management team who are very keen to experiment.

As always, the sensor and visualisation software will be open source, and the data presentation will happen on the streets, so everyone has access to what we're doing and can replicate the technology for their own purposes.

We'll be working with Cornwall Council and cycling community groups to establish what type of data is most useful for them, and to figure out how and where to display the air pollution data. The final form is completely open at this stage, and could involve projecting pollution data on buildings, lighting up lamp-posts different colours, installing analogue dials, or using sound for example. The project builds on the technology we've been developing for the Sonic Kayaks.

We're open to anyone who's interested in getting involved - if that's you, get in touch over email or Twitter.