The air quality directive requires each country to have systems for informing the public about the air quality where they live. This information is provided by instruments in the monitoring stations which measure the pollutants of interest continuously 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Every hour, data on pollutant types and levels are recorded and displayed in real time on the website www.luftkvalitet.info (Norwegian) and https://powietrze.gios.gov.pl/pjp/current (Polish).
The information is particularly important for those living with diseases that can be exacerbated by high air pollution, such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
In VAPE, we make use of innovative low cost Sensor Systems.
Those sensor systems are integrated devices that comprises one or more sensor sub- components and other supporting components needed to create a fully functional and autonomous detection system for air pollution at a cost that is substantially lower then the instrumentation used in monitoring station. At the moment we have about 100 measuring units in Poland and 60 in Norway (https://vapelive.nilu.no/).
In VAPE, the output of those sensors will be used to assess local air quality in high spatial resolution and in near real-time and provide the necessary information for the VR/AR application. This will revolutionize both the amount and the type of air quality information we can provide to the public.