Smart Cities

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) every year 4-6 million people die prematurely as a result of air pollution exposure. More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. Thus, air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk and reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.

What can we do to make the population in The Netherlands (both citizens, businesses and governmental organizations) more aware of the serious health risks that are caused by the high levels of air pollution in Western European cities? And how can we involve these same people in making the required changes to improve our air quality to acceptable levels?

Data from the AiREAS monitoring network in Eindhoven
This air quality network consists of 30 so-called ‘air boxes’ that are installed all over the city and monitor particulate matter, NO2 and ozone.

Data from the website of the Dutch Air quality network
The website displays the measured air quality on several measuring stations in the Netherlands.

Earth observation data from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)
OMI flies on NASA's Aura satellite since 2004 and is focused on observing atmospheric chemistry, in order to determine the sources of tropospheric pollutants, their chemical transformation and their transport.

The winning idea will present an original, yet poignant view on air pollution and the effects it has on our health. It should also inspire people to become involved with air pollution issues and generate favourable ideas to improve air quality.

The winner will be invited to visit the cleanrooms of TNO Space.