AIRTHINGS
(Fostering resource efficiency and climate change resilience through community based Air Quality Internet of Things)

Objective: AIRTHINGS is a European Project aiming at exploiting emerging technologies through Internet of Things for developing a common strategy to mitigate the environmental problem of air pollution in the Balkan region. For this purpose, intelligent air quality measuring sensors will be located in selected cities of the five participating Balkan countries, providing real time air quality data. The data will be collected and uploaded using IoT technologies to a cloud based “Open data” system, where they will be freely available along with predictive analytics to authorities and to the general public. In addition, the development and application of MEMO/MARS-aero and MIMO air quality models will produce the atmospheric pollutant estimation data for city specific analysis and for identifying areas of interest for sensor installation. The combined results of modelling and monitoring will support the establishment of common policy framework analysis towards the decrease of regional pollutants in the Balkan region. Essentially, AIRTHINGS aims to increase the control of public authorities over air pollutants, leading to the decrease of air pollution levels, thus guaranteeing compliance with Air Quality Directive objectives, but also preserving citizen health and ensuring clean air as basic human right.

LHTEE Contribution: LHTEE will develop and apply MEMO/MARS-aero and MIMO air quality models, providing the atmospheric pollutant estimation data for city specific analysis and for identifying areas of interest for sensor installation. Furthermore, results of numerical models will complement the sensor data on pollutant levels with predictions of high temporal and spatial resolution, covering the entire urban area and highlighting pollution hot spots. Concentrations of all legislated gaseous and particulate pollutants will be calculated, according to the requirements of the EU Directive on ambient air quality 2008/50/EC. The different modelling tools will be used for the estimation of exposure of citizens at different horizontal scales (MEMO/MARS-aero for the mesoscale and the urban scales, MIMO for the local/street scale).

Funded by: EC, under the INTERREG V – B BALKAN MEDITERRANEAN 2014 -2020 Programme


Major Partners:

  1. Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria
  2. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  3. Thessaloniki Municipality, Greece
  4. Centre for the advancement of research and development in educational technology ‘CARDET’ ltd, Cyprus
  5. Tirana Municipality, Albania
  6. State Environmental Inspectorate, FYROM