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Crowdsourcing of Pollution Data using Smartphones

Stevens, M; D'Hondt, E; (2010) Crowdsourcing of Pollution Data using Smartphones. In: (Proceedings) Workshop on Ubiquitous Crowdsourcing, held at Ubicomp '10.

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In this paper we present our research into participatory sensing based solutions for the collection of data on urban pollution and nuisance. In the past 2 years we have been involved in the NoiseTube project which explores a crowdsourcing approach to measuring and mapping urban noise pollution using smartphones. By involving the general public and using off-the-shelf smartphones as noise sensors, we seek to provide a low cost solution for citizens to measure their personal exposure to noise in their everyday environment and participate in the creation of collective noise maps by sharing their geo-localized and annotated measurements with the community. We believe our work represents an interesting example of the novel mobile crowdsourcing applications which are enabled by ubiquitous computing systems. Furthermore we believe the NoiseTube system, and the currently ongoing validation experiments, provide an illustrative context for some of the open challenges faced by creators of ubiquitous crowdsourcing applications and services in general. We will also take the opportunity to present the insights we gained into some of the challenges.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Crowdsourcing of Pollution Data using Smartphones
Event: Workshop on Ubiquitous Crowdsourcing, held at Ubicomp '10
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: 26 September 2010 - 26 September 2010
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1368080
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