Crowdfunding for Increased Awareness Crowd-Sensing: A Technical Account
This work presents the results of the crowdfunding campaign devised for MONICA, an air quality monitoring portable device. The initiative is strongly focused on the increased awareness and involvement of citizens in the air pollution issue solution. Specifically, MONICA is an architecture composed by a portable device based on an array of commercial electrochemical sensors calibrated in lab, an Android App for smartphone, a web portal (MENA) and a NOSQL backend. This infrastructure is able to manage data communication/storage and map visualization of personal exposure to air pollutants. Two associated calibration procedures are depicted, one based on in-lab recordings while the second, based on the emerging on field calibration paradigm, will refine the performance of the node. The successful, both in financial and participatory terms, campaign has reached a crowdfunded contribution of 8000 € (145% of expected 6000 €) by 102 supporters. Among them, 44 users, have opted to become part of a small fleet of human-sensors able to produce air quality data during their daily mobility routine.
KeywordsAir quality Microsensors device Crowdfunding
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