Calibrating low-cost air quality sensors using multiple arrays of sensors
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The remarkable advances in sensing and communication technologies have introduced increasingly low-cost, smart and portable sensors that can be embedded everywhere and play an important role in environmental sensing applications such as air quality monitoring. These user-friendly wireless sensor platforms enable assessment of human exposure to air pollution through observations at high spatial resolution in near-realtime, thus providing new opportunities to simultaneously enhance existing monitoring systems, as well as engage citizens in active environmental monitoring. However, data quality from such platforms is a concern since sensing hardware of such devices is generally characterized by a reduced accuracy, precision, and reliability. Achieving good data quality and maintaining error free measurements during the whole system lifetime is challenging. Over time, sensors become subject to several sources of unknown and uncontrollable faulty data which comprise the accuracy of the measurements and yield observations far from the expected values. This paper investigates calibration of low-cost air quality sensors in a real sensor network deployment. The approach leverages on the availability of sensor arrays in a wireless node to estimate parameters that minimize the calibration error using fusion of data from multiple sensors. The obtained results were encouraging and show the effectiveness of the approach compared to a single sensor calibration.
CitationBarceló, J., García, J., Doudou, M., Rodrigo, S., Cerezo, A. Calibrating low-cost air quality sensors using multiple arrays of sensors. A: IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference. "2018 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC 2018): Barcelona, Spain: 15-18 April 2018". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 1-6.