Thanks to the rapid pace of innovation in the field of inexpensive sensors, ICT and Big Data, we will soon be able to measure and interpret our living environment in a radically different way. In order to accelerate this development, the RIVM, Utrecht University and the Utrecht Science Park Foundation will soon open the USP Innovatielab Leefomgeving (Living Environment Innovation Lab). Together with partners TNO, Luchtradar and JCDecaux, the first Living Lab Air will begin on 19 September as an innovative and fine-meshed sensor network to measure the current air quality.
This sensor network will consist of around 20 sensors spread across the Utrecht Science Park. The information provided by the latest generation of sensors will be collected and validated via the 4G network. The platform LivingLabAir.nl will then display the measurement data in real-time, making it possible for visitors and residents to obtain accurate information about the current air quality levels. This information can in turn be used to indicate the cleanest routes, to identify concentration peaks during rush hour, and to justify mobility policies.