Design and Requirements of a Low Cost Air Monitoring Hardware Platform for Android Phones

SenseDroid is a DIY citizen sensing platform for smart-phones. The overall project involves building a mobile sensor platform which gathers and reports information about the environment (air quality, radio-activity, noise, etc.) to citizens, scientists and city stakeholders.

Martin Jaschkowitz defended his thesis on the „Design and Requirements of a Low Cost Air Monitoring Hardware Platform for Android Phones“ last week. He focused on the hardware part of the SenseDroid project. This involved, developing a low-cost and easy to build sensor platform which can be connected to Android phones to gather information about the environment. He analyzed hardware aspects such as sensors or board alternatives, as well as energy/battery management, software issues, and communication with phones.

Martin produced the following prototype:

Overview of the components of the SenseDroid platform


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