Smartphone connected personal air quality monitor

The Plume air pollution monitor is a compact, smartphone connected device that measures a variety of common outdoor and indoor pollutants including PM10, Nitrogen Dioxide and VOCs. It can connect to any smartphone through a free app and utilises the phone’s GPS to track and plot pollution levels on a map.

As part of a campaign on air pollution, the Northern Line Extension project loaned the monitor to staff and operatives. They were able to take it on their commute, check indoor pollution levels at home and also give an idea of pollution levels on site.

The project also worked with a local school, delivering a presentation on air pollution to the Year 7 students and loaning them the monitor. The students took it in turns to take the monitor to assess the levels of pollution they were exposed to on their way to and from school, to encourage them to consider taking less polluted routes and also appreciate some of the primary causes of air pollution. The students presented back their findings to the NLE project team during a follow-up careers event.

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