Oct 24, 2022

Air-Break – Co-producing healthy clean commuting air spots in town

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First NameFrancesca

Last NameBorea


What is the name of your organization?Municipality of Ferrara


What best describes the type of organisation that you are representing?City

Where are you based?Piazza del Municipio, 2, Ferrara, Provincia di Ferrara 44121, IT

Name of the equipment
Lab Service Analytica srl
The number of these devices used in your initiative (estimation):
  • Innovative sensor: we have created the device


Measured parameter (you can select several)
  • PM2.5
  • PM10
  • NO2
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • CO2
  • VOC
  • O3


PM2.5 – Unit
PM2.5 – Technology
light scattering
PM2.5 – Range of measurement
0 – 1000 μg/m³
PM2.5 – Service life
PM2.5 – Detection limit
PM10 – Unit
PM10 – Technology
light scattering
PM10 – Range of measurement
0 – 1000 μg/m³
PM10 – Detection limit
NO2 – Unit
NO2 – Technology
NO2 – Range of measurement
0-20 ppm
NO2 – Service life
1-2 years
NO2 – Detection limit
5 ppb
VOC – Unit
VOC – Technology
VOC – Range of measurement
0 – 3 ppm
VOC – Service life
1-2 years
VOC – Detection limit
0.5 ppb
O3 – Unit
O3 – Technology
O3 – Range of measurement
0-20 ppm
O3 – Service life
1-2 years
O3 – Detection limit
5 ppb
CO2 – Unit
CO2 – Technology
CO2 – Range of measurement
0 – 15 ppm
CO2 – Service life
1-2 yea
CO2 – Detection limit
20 ppb
Communication type
  • 2G-3G
  • Wifi
  • Ethernet


Energy type
  • Regular power plug


Does your device allow SD cards?
  • Yes


Temporal resolution
1 second – 30 seconds depending on sensor type
Where are you measuring air quality?
Device’s location
  • Street – public domain


Level of expertise required to operate
Simple if you take the time to read the documentation
What is the approximate market price per unit?
8.000€ – 10.000€
Are there any other costs related to this equipment?
Maintenance every 2 years of life
Are there any setup/installation costs? If possible, provide a figure
Small civil work for proper installation according to the AIR BREAK project case.
Are there any maintenance costs? If possible, provide a figure
800€ – 1.000€ at least every 2 years (Sensor replacement and calibration)

What is the name of your initiative?Air-Break – Co-producing healthy clean commuting air spots in town

How would you describe the main mission of your initiative?Measure/monitor air quality, Smart/sustainable mobility, Raise awareness/education

Please provide a short description of your initiative (What is being done? Who is participating? What are your main goals?) This text will appear on the main page.Air-Break set the ambitious goal of reducing air-pollution by 25% in the most critical areas of the city. The project will tackle air-quality issues through a set of integrated actions along four core strategic fields: Nature-Based Solutions, with the plantation of phyto-absorbing species; Infrastructural upgrades for sustainable mobility. Technological equipment, with the deployment of air-quality monitoring stations, as well as of innovative digital services and gamification applications, towards the incentivisation of environmentally friendly behaviours; Awareness-raising and stakeholders’ engagement

Who is your main audience?Citizens, Schools, Private sector

If possible, provide the list of partners involved in the initiative.Municipality of Ferrara;
2 universities: University of Ferrara; Polytechnic of Milan;
1 public agency: S.I.PRO. Ferrara Development Agency;
2 private organisations: HERA S.p.A; Dedagroup Public Services;
1 SME: Lab Service Analytica srl;
1 research institution: Bruno Kessler Foundation

How is this initiative funded?Partially funded European project

Please provide an estimation of the total budget of the initiative (in €):1 million – 5 million

What is the duration of the initiative?1 to 5 years

How many participants (citizen scientists, volunteers, etc.) have been involved (approximately)?5000 – 10000

Website that presents your initiativehttps://www.uia-initiative.eu/en/uia-cities/ferrara

Please share any other relevant/interesting links about your initiative:https://airbreakferrara.net

Please upload a picture to illustrate your initiativehttps://integratingcities.eu/go-living-in/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/gravity_forms/1-5354894cf3cf050d1ea2e13c24ed0dad/2022/10/Air-Break_LogoAzzurro_SottotitoloBig-05.png

Are you using a platform for data visualisation?Yes, we have created our own data platform

Add the public URL (if any)https://airbreakferrara.net/che-aria-tira/

Is your platform open source?No

From 0 (the lowest) to 5 (the highest), how easily accessible and user-friendly is your platform?4

What are the estimated costs related to the data platform (subscription if any, development costs…)n.a.

Are you providing open data?Yes

How is the data made accessible?API

If any, what qualitative or quantitative indicators (e.g., AQI, alerts…) are you calculating?Air Quality Index, based on: PM2.5 PM10 NO2 O3 CO

How frequently is the data refreshed in the data platform?hourly

How long does it take before the newest data is available on your platform?1 minute

Do you give access to historical data?Yes

If possible, please share a link to your data privacy policy:n.a. (AQ data are not privacy protected)

What type of data visualisation do you provide?Statistics / Indicators / Charts, Maps

Would you like to share with us any additional information? (Max 300 words)Abstract of presentation at FOSS4G 2022:

The infrastructure implemented is composed of different software solutions, for different users:
webGIS viewer, for authorized users within Municipality of Ferrara, with credentials, to access timeseries with hourly data about all parameters measured by Lab Service stations (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, CO, O3, VOC, T, HR, Pr) and download data from web: https://sit.comune.fe.it/geonext/login.html

public dashboard, for citizens to access hourly updated information about:

Protetto: Che aria tira?

Hera dashboard (only with authorized users with credentials):

standard endpoint, server-side component providing hourly data about AQ based on OGC SensorThings API standard protocol:

Protetto: Che aria tira?

standard Web Map Service endpoints, server-side component providing hourly AQ Index based on OGC WMS (ISO19128) standard protocol:

standard Web Map Service endpoints, server-side component providing PM10 estimations from Copernicus images, based on OGC WMS (ISO19128) standard protocol:

QGIS plugin for SensorThings API, for GIS expert users to access timeseries with hourly data about all parameters measured by Lab Service stations (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, CO, O3, VOC, T, HR, Pr) and download data from desktop:

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