Microsensor challenge edition 2019

to challenge and to compare different microsensors to help the choice for users, in complete independence

test of microsensors in real conditions

Air quality is a health, economic and societal issue. Air pollution, both outdoor and indoor, is responsible for 7 million deaths per year worldwide, according to the latest WHO assessment published on 2 May 2018. Responding to this strong challenge, the expectations of the population and more generally of the city’s stakeholders are shifting towards a demand for increasingly accurate, personalized air quality information.
Reliable information is the basis for understanding and action to improve air quality. In recent years, technical improvements on pollution sensors (miniaturization, connectivity, etc.) have led to the development of new “networks” by equipping housing, urban furniture, vehicles or citizens. Numerous air quality experimentation and innovation projects are being developed using micro-sensors, as in several projects initiated under AIRLAB. In the coming years, microsensors will complement traditional monitoring tools (measurement and modelling networks) that already provide outdoor air pollutant mapping.
The scope of use of these sensors or microsensors is wide and depends of course on their qualities and specificities. It is necessary to connect sensors and uses to illuminate the user, that is the object of this Challenge.
With the first Challenge «AIRLAB microsensors 2018», the objective is to pursue independently the evaluation and comparison of microsensors in order to illuminate users between the suitability of the product and the possible uses. This Challenge will highlight the qualities of these devices and allow, in a global way, an inventory of the devices, in order to promote innovation and even technological breaks in this field. The “air market” is emerging and has a global reach, which encourages many economic actors to invest this theme, especially as the development of environmental technologies, digital convergence, the growth of connected objects and France’s leadership on these subjects suggest new opportunities, both for surveillance, for improvement actions or for informing the public.


The 2019 AIRLAB Microsensor Challenge is organized by Airparif with Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Atmo Grand-Est,  Atmo Normandie, Atmo Hauts-de-France, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Federal Laboratory for Materials Testing and Swiss Research (EMPA), de la Fédération Interprofessionnelle des Métiers de l’Environnement Atmosphérique, d’EDF, d’ENGIE, de l’Agence Française du Développement, du CEA, du DIM QI2 de l’Observatoire de la Qualité de l’Air Intérieur, de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Météo et de Véolia.

To register, there are two steps. First step, the registration form (to be completed in one go), second step, sends additional documents on our dropbox.

Registration form : click here

To download the rules of the challenge : click here

Send us the complementary elements of your application in zip format on our dedicated dropbox : click here

List of additional elements:

• The photo of the sensor (photo used for the final deliverable)
• The sensor's technical manual
• The access to the API or data
• Additional documents


The 2019 protocol will draw  on the 2018 protocol. The 2019 protocol is based on the 2018 edition, the feedback from the participants of the previous edition and the necessary evolutions for the good progress of the 2019 edition. Any evolution of the protocol will be validated by the Challenge Jury or Copil



Published on 2019-07-09

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