The project sensor platform builds on the legacy of previous Smart Citizen Kit generations to develop a new set of tools especially aimed at providing meaningful data insights on a low budget. That means this report documents new components, developed specifically for the project, but frames them inside the Smart Citizen ecosystem.
We believe building modular and reusable hardware is critical towards optimizing the research and development effort. By increasing the technology readiness levels of existing technologies, we can drastically improve the project exploitation strategy.
The sensor hardware operates as a platform where new sensor modules can be shipped and deployed by researchers themselves. This allows for faster iterations and upgrades in shorter time.
- Firmware: The software running inside the sensors.
Urban Sensor Board: A selection of low-cost sensors in a board ready to measure the urban environment: temperature, humidity, noise and even PM2.5. Together with the Data Board they create the Citizen Kit.
PM Sensor Board: An auxiliary board capable of driving two Particulate Matter sensor as well as other auxiliary sensors required for specific deployments as an external temperature sensor or an anemometer. It is used in the Living Lab Stations.
Gas Pro Sensor Board: An auxiliary board driving 3 Alphasense Ltd. Electrochemical Series B Gas Sensors designed for ultra-low noise, high-performance and low power operation. It is used in the Living Lab Stations.
We're against black boxes!
The entire project it is released under open source licenses:
- Hardware components: CERN Open Hardware License v1.2
- Core firmware: GNU GPL v3.0
- Software platform: GNU AGLP v3.0
Check the Source files section for each component and explore the software source code and the hardware blueprints.