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Street Sweepers

Street sweeper deviceWe are collaborating with the City of San Francisco to put our air quality sensing system on street sweepers in San Francisco. The goal is to leverage mobile infrastructure to collect street-by-street readings throughout the city. To date, the devices have been deployed on approximately a dozen street sweepers and reported GPS, carbon monoxide, ozone, NOx, temperature, and humidity data.

West Oakland Handheld Study

      deviceWe are about to deploy our handheld device with a community action group in West Oakland, in order to learn more about carbon monoxide, ozone, and NOx pollutants in that area.

West Oakland Backpack Study

Particulate matter is of great interest in West Oakland, but no practical mobile particulate sensor is currently available. We are collaborating with researchers at U.C. Berkeley on the development of a mobile particulate matter sensor. In the meantime, we are eager to try out our visualization and discussion software with particulate matter data, so we are working with a community action group in West Oakland to conduct a “backpack study” with portable commercial particulate matter data loggers that can be carried in backpacks or messenger bags.

We expect to release live data from our deployments in the future, so watch this space!

Thomas Paine Inspiration

“It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies…”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense

“…[this work] may be the means of giving rise to something better. Could the straggling thoughts of individuals be collected, they would frequently form materials for wise and able men to improve into useful matter.” Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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