Sep 22, 2022


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First NameMartine

Last NameVan Poppel

What is the name of your organization?VITO


What best describes the type of organisation that you are representing?University and/or research institute

Where are you based?Boeretang 200, Mol, Mol 2400, BE

Name of the equipment
The number of these devices used in your initiative (estimation):
  • Commercial product
  • Other


Origin – Other
integration with GPS and data assimilation was done by VITO
Measured parameter (you can select several)
  • Black Carbon


Other – parameter’s name
Black Carbon
Other – Unit
Other – Technology
Other – Service life
a few years
Are there any other technical details you would like to share?
Communication type
  • Other


Communication type – Other
download to computer and use dedicated software from VITO to send data to server
Energy type
  • Battery
  • USB


Does your device allow SD cards?
  • No


Temporal resolution
Temporal resolution – Other
1s with smoothing algorithm for low concentrations (ONA)
Where are you measuring air quality?
Device’s location
  • Mobile : Person mounted


Level of expertise required to operate
Simple if you take the time to read the documentation
What is the approximate market price per unit?
Are there any other costs related to this equipment?
filter tickets, maintenance (pump replacements), calibration of flow

What is the name of your initiative?MeetMeeMechelen

How would you describe the main mission of your initiative?Measure/monitor air quality, Smart/sustainable mobility, Raise awareness/education, Air quality modelling

Please provide a short description of your initiative (What is being done? Who is participating? What are your main goals?) This text will appear on the main page.Citizen observatory Meet Mee Mechelen aims to gather and share data on air quality and urban noise and improve the dialogue between citizens and decision makers on the local living environment, specifically on air quality and noise.This Citizen Observatory was set up with the help of the Ground Truth 2.0 project. The Ground Truth 2.0 project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No.689744 and finished in 2019.

Who is your main audience?Citizens, Cities, Universities and/or research institutes

If possible, provide the list of partners involved in the initiative.

How is this initiative funded?Partially funded European project

Please provide an estimation of the total budget of the initiative (in €):I don’t know

What is the duration of the initiative?1 to 5 years

How many participants (citizen scientists, volunteers, etc.) have been involved (approximately)?25 – 100

Website that presents your initiative

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Are you using a platform for data visualisation?Yes, we have created our own data platform

Add the public URL (if any)

Is your platform open source?No

Are there any other interesting links related to the data platform?

From 0 (the lowest) to 5 (the highest), how easily accessible and user-friendly is your platform?4

Are you providing open data?No

How is the data made accessible?The data is NOT made accessible

If any, what qualitative or quantitative indicators (e.g., AQI, alerts…) are you calculating?no, only a color scale

How frequently is the data refreshed in the data platform?not continuously refreshed

Do you give access to historical data?No

If possible, please share a link to your data privacy policy:only aggregated data

What type of data visualisation do you provide?Maps

Would you like to share with us any additional information? (Max 300 words)– citizen like to have a device for their study that was user friendly
– explaining the results in terms of levels measured and variability in time (eg the first campaign showed very high results due to increased background concentrations resulting in ‘red maps); take into account background concentrations when doing measurement at specific day/week/season
– engaging city administrations from the start is important (discuss about results and measures)

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