Case Studies

All project partners will supply and install Internet of Things smart sensors for gathering of real-time air quality data, thus creating a cluster network of jointly monitoring and mitigating environmental impact of air pollution. Each partner will develop city specific analysis for device installation, thus ensuring the achievement of the best possible results.

In Sofia, the system will consist 22 stations for air quality measurement and will measure the most common air pollutants (PM, CO, NO2, SO2) and temperature, humidity and pressure in real time via sensors. Each station will send information about the indicators to a system that will be built on the „Open Data” type systems. In addition to the measurement sensor system and the open data platform, within the framework of the project, an additional pilot initiative in Sofia will be introduced - placing filters on chimneys, reducing the fine particles in Sofia Municipality.

At the same time, an analysis of the location of the sensors will be developed, as well as a study of good world and European practices from which to draw experience and attention to improve the air quality.

Contact details

  • Teodora Polimerova
  • Director of directorate “Climate, energy and air quality” and LP project manager of AIRTHINGS project
  • +3592 904 1362
  • t_polimerova@sofia.bg

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and the capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. Also, Thessaloniki is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political center, and a major transportation hub for the rest of south-eastern Europe; its commercial port is also of great importance for Greece and the south-eastern European hinterland. The city is a popular tourist destination in Greece. Today the second city of Greece boasts about the two universities, the international fair, the film festival, the Dimitria festivities and all the cultural activities that go on all year round. Thessaloniki lies on the northern fringe of the Thermaikos Gulf on its eastern coast and is bound by Mount Chortiatis on its southeast. Its proximity to imposing mountain ranges, hills and fault lines, especially towards its southeast have historically made the city prone to geological changes.

Municipality of Thessaloniki has established a fully and highly equipped Network of 6 Air Pollution and 7 Meteorological Monitoring Stations for air pollution and meteorological parameters, since 1990. The stations are distributed within the limits of the Municipality and cover a wide range of air pollution station types: 3 of them are traffic station and 3 are urban background stations. The monitoring and recording of the measurements of the Municipal Network is systematic on a 24 hour basis. The data recorded are mean hourly values. In the frame of AIRTHINGS project, Municipality of Thessaloniki will supply 22 IoT sensors measuring air quality and meteorological parameters in order to upgrade the existing network with high quality and technologically advanced sensors. A specific analysis for device installment will be developed taking into consideration the analysis of current situation and more specifically factors that cause spatiotemporal shifts of air quality such as climatic conditions, city size, vehicle traffic, central heating, information about industry etc., the implementation of the Air Quality Legislative Framework (2008/50/EC), the consultation with competent bodies and at the end the definition of technical specifications of sensors’ installation.

Contact details: 

  • Dr. Paraskevi Tzoumaka
  • Head of the Department of Environment
  • 2313318378
  • p.tzoumaka@thessaloniki.gr

CARDET is the largest research organization in Cyprus and has developed significant partnerships with leading organizations and institutions around the world. CARDET carries out a wide range of actions and projects which, through in-depth research, aim to present innovative solutions that contribute to society as a whole. CARDET, as part of the AIRTHINGS Consortium, is responsible for the supply and installation of IoT sensors that will collect data and provide detailed observation of pollution levels within the city of Nicosia. Gaining insight into the local air quality and having clear understanding of the parameters affecting the pollution levels, will enable the team to monitor the pollutants, introduce measures and urge public authorities to adopt new policies. CARDET will also develop a user friendly smart application that will provide push-notifications and visualize the information collected by the sensors from all the participating cities. CARDET will organize a Thematic Workshop on Air Quality and the Air It Nicosia Marathon as a mean of disseminating the Project and its objectives aiming at massive public engagement and promoting a more sustainable way of living.

Contact details:

  • Dr. Charalambos Vrasidas
  • +00357 22 002110
  • pambos@cardet.org

In Ohrid, the system will consist 11 stations for air quality measurement and will measure the most common air pollutants (PM, CO, NO2, SO2) in real time via sensors. Each station will send information about the indicators to a system that will be built on the „Open Data” type systems. In addition to the measurement sensor system and the open data platform, within the framework of the project, an additional pilot initiative in Ohrid will be introduced - placing filters on chimneys, reducing the fine particles in Ohrid Municipality.

At the same time, an analysis of the location of the sensors will be developed, as well as a SWOT Analyses, Research for reduction of PM and NO2 and attention to improve the air quality.

Contact details:

  • Darko Blinkov
  • Head of Department for Analytics, International Cooperation and projects, AIRTHINGS project coordination
  • +389 75 404 410
  • d.blinkov@sei.gov.mk
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