Air Buster: a mobile air quality sensor that provides precise mapping data

  October 5, 2019  >   Breaking news · Curiosity · Projects · Protagonists

This innovative and useful device can be applied to public transport to constantly monitor all areas of the city

 

 

Our cities are suffering more and more from issues related to pollution and poor air quality. The levels of toxic substances may vary from area to area, and it is not always easy to get a complete picture of the situation. For this reason, Air Buster, a very particular pollutant gas detector, was designed.

 

This device can in fact be applied to public transport vehicles, in order to acquire dynamic, more precise non-static data that is much better than what is provided by a simple air quality monitoring station. In this way, all areas of a given territory can be more accurately monitored and  “mapped” according to their air toxicity levels.

 

Il sistema Air Buster dei ragazzi di Caltanissetta (foto: AirBuster)
The Air Buster system created by the Caltanissetta students (photo: AirBuster)

 

The device is powered by a turbine that uses the airflow of the moving vehicle, which, in turn, keeps a buffer battery charged. Other important features that complete Air Buster are a GPS module, a carbon dioxide sensor, and an RTC (real-time clock). All these devices, working in synergy, are able to obtain and provide real-time data related to air quality. The map of the territory in relation to pollutants can then be viewed on a smartphone app, and alerts can be generated for any levels that are too high.

 

The mobile pollutant gas detector interfaces with a special app (photo: AirBuster)

 

Air Buster owes its existence to the inventiveness and creativity of three skilled young students at the “Rapisardi Da Vinci’ Institute in Caltanissetta, experts in the use of Arduino, Raspberry PI, in programming, modeling, and prototyping.

Like many other interesting technological ideas related to safeguarding and monitoring the environment, Air Buster will be present at the Maker Faire Rome – the European Edition 2019, the world-famous innovative technology fair that will be held from 18 to 20 October at Fiera di Roma.