Optimal Noise Filtering of Sensory Array Gaseous Air Pollution Measurements

  • Barak Fishbain
  • Shai Moshenberg
  • Uri Lerner
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)


One of the fundamental components in assessing air quality is continuous monitoring. However, all measuring devices are bound to sensing noise. Commonly the noise is assumed to have zero mean and, thus, is removed by averaging data over temporal windows. Generally speaking, the larger the window, the better the noise removal. This operation, however, which corresponds to low pass filtering, might result in loss of real abrupt changes in the signal. Therefore, the need arises to set the window size so it optimally removes noise with minimum corruption of real data. This article presents a mathematical model for finding the optimal averaging window size. The suggested method is based on the assumption that while real measured physical phenomenon affects the measurements of all collocated sensors, sensing noise manifests itself independently in each of the sensors. Hence, the smallest window size which presents the highest correlation between the collocated sensors, is deemed as optimal. The results presented here show the great potential of the method in air quality measurements.


Air pollution measurements Noise filtering Micro sensing units 



This work was partially supported by the 7th European Framework Program (FP7) ENV.2012.6.5-1, grant agreement no. 308524 (CITI-SENSE), the Technion Center of Excellence in Exposure Science and Environmental Health (TCEEH) and the Environmental Health Fund (EHF).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Civil & Environmental EngineeringTechnion - Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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