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CoCIS pioneers research in environment sensing in East Africa

The project researcher, Joel Ssematimba (L) with KCCA technical team deploying an AirQo monitor in Kampala city, Uganda. Image:CoCIS

AirQo Monitor – a low cost air pollution monitoring technology.  Researchers at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University have developed low-cost air monitoring devices to measure air quality.  Researchers have innovatively deployed a network of air quality monitors on boda-bodas and street lights and buildings in selected areas of Kampala city to produce a detailed and near real-time map of air pollution map.

The AirQo innovation is a major improvement over the traditional air pollution monitors and deployment models. Air quality monitoring equipment has traditionally been prohibitively expensive and complex. Setting up a single air quality monitoring station currently costs over 150 thousand dollars. The AirQo innovation uniquely combines a cost-effective low-cost air monitors and use of mobile objects such as boda-bodas for collecting air quality data. Boda-bodas in Kampala are re-known to reach almost everywhere thus providing more fine-grained spatial data than you can ever collect with traditional monitoring equipment.

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