Aveiro’s Environment Use Case

The City of Aveiro, within the initiative Aveiro Tech City, is exploring the potencial of IoT to improve the quality of living of local citizens and helping governance entities to collect and share relevant information to manage the city in areas of mobility, energy and environment.

Aveiro Tech City has transformed the urban area in a living lab – Aveiro Tech City Living Lab (ATCLL) – a testbed where businesses, projects and services are developed, trialed and implemented. The ATCLL is composed of an advanced communications infrastructure and an urban platform for data management and innovative analytics that, together, provide an open and large-scale technology laboratory in the city at the service of researchers, digital industries, start-ups, scaleups, R&D centres, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders interested in developing, testing or demonstrating concepts, products or services.

The use case on environment of the Aveiro Tech City initiative is developed and implemented by the University of Aveiro (Department of Environment and Planning) in close cooperation with the City of Aveiro, Altice Labs and Instituto de Telecomunicações, and is focused on the assessment of the air quality and noise pollution of the city of Aveiro. This use case makes use of a number of environmental sensors capable to provide a complete environmental map of the city for the use of citizens, decision makers & researchers.

 A full air quality assessment is under development and it’s going to be based on an integrated approach considering air quality modelling from urban to local scale and air quality monitoring from traditional equipment to the sensors installed (not only in fixed places, but also on the mobile units). 

Different outcomes are part of this use case:

- the evaluation of the urban microclimate, air quality and noise based on modelling and monitoring;

- an environmental map of the city to be provided to citizens, decision makers and researchers;

- the impact and co-benefits of road traffic planning, including citizens’ exposure to air pollution, health effects and the costs of improvement measures;

- the contribution to the development of innovative tools to disseminate air quality alert systems to citizens and decision makers.

The first phase of the project implied the installation of the air quality monitoring system, noise and meteorological network, in the framework of the STEAM City's 5G technology and infrastructure. 

The monitoring networks is composed by 9 air quality stations equipped with microsensors, 9 noise stations and 2 weather stations installed at different locations in the city. Measured data are going to be delivered, in real time, to the Digital Urban Platform developed within Aveiro Steam City.

Figure 1 – Map with the Monitoring Network [Link]

This network also responds to the contents of the Air Quality Framework Directive, which specifies what pollutants should be measured to protect human health, namely suspended particles (PM10 and PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ground-level ozone (O3). In addition, carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide CO2 are also measured.

Currently, all stations are installed and soon the data will start to be sent to the Digital Urban 

Platform. Users will easily (and friendly) obtain useful information about the environmental profile of Aveiro.

The following figures show some details of the installed equipment.


In a second phase, the air quality monitoring system will be also characterized by the use of numerical air quality models, which will allow to simulate transport policies scenarios and to understand their impact on air quality and on citizens’ health and, finally, to take business intelligence driven decisions.

Both, monitoring and modelling data will be the basis for an environmental map of the city to be developed taking into consideration the guidelines of ISO 37120: 2018, in particular the environment and climate change indicator.





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