AIRLAB Microsensors Challenge 2018

Air pollution is responsible for 7 million deaths worldwide annually, according to the latest WHO report published on May 2, 2018. This mortality is due to both ambient and indoor air pollution. In response to this important health issue, the expectations of the population and, more generally, of the city's stakeholders are evolving towards a demand for personalized information that is becoming more and more precise in terms of air quality.


Reliable information represents the basis for comprehending and subsequently improving the quality of the air. Over the past years, advances is sensor technology for air quality measurement (e.g., miniaturization, connectivity, etc.) have led to the development of novel sensor networks for equipping buildings, street furniture, vehicles or citizens. Numerous experimental and innovative projects for monitoring air quality currently in development rely on microsensors. This is also the case for many of the projects initiated within AIRLAB, the air quality solutions accelerator launched by Airparif and its partners. Over the coming years, microsensors will most probably join the current classical monitoring tools (measurement networks and modeling frameworks) used for mapping ambient air quality.

The application domain for these sensors or microsensors is large and depends of course on their specific qualities and particularities. In order to enable users to make informed decisions, the performance of sensors needs to be evaluated in conjunction with their intended use. This represents the objective of the present Challenge.

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The goal of the Challenge is thus to compare different microsensors in order for users to be independently informed of the adequacy of a product for specific potential uses. This Challenge will highlight the quality of these devices and will enable an evaluation of the state of the art. Through this process it will promote innovation and technological breakthroughs in this field.

The emerging “air quality market” has a global reach, inciting numerous economical agents to invest in this domain. Moreover, the development of environmental technologies, the digital convergence, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and France’s leadership on these subjects reveal new opportunities for both air quality monitoring and for improvement actions or public information.

The “AIRLAB Microsensors Challenge 2018” is organized by Airparif with the technical and scientific support of Atmo Grand-Est,, Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the Scientific and Technical Center for Building (CSTB), the interprofessional federation Interprofessionnelle of atmospherical environment job and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), the observatory of interior air quality  and the financial and logistical support of the Île-de-France regional delegation of the Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations, ICADE, and Véolia


Deadline of challenge inscriptions : 20th june 2018

Test are going to set for summer 2018 with results for autumn.

End of the challenge  scheduled : 21th December 2018

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Published on 2018-06-19

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