Sniffer Bike

Measure air quality, road condition and location while cycling

Sniffer bike / Snuffelfiets is a collaboration between the province of Utrecht, Civity, Sodaq and RIVM. Participating citizens use Sniffer Bike to measure three types of particulate matter. And also location, (average) speed, wattage, temperature, humidity and organic gases.

Enthusiastic volunteers at the kick-off of Sniffer Bike in the City of Zeist, the Netherlands.

Advantages of Sniffer Bikes

The solution offers various advantages for individual cyclists, society as a whole and the environment:

  • The solution offers cyclists the opportunity to choose healthier routes.
  • Greater insight into particulate matter values helps people suffering from lung diseases to prevent air pollution, a well-known trigger.
  • The collected data supports local and provincial policymakers and urban planners in making informed decisions based on new insights.
  • Research agencies and national control authorities can collect more data to better understand air pollution.
  • The project supports climate neutrality.
The device with the sensors measures the particulate matter exactly where a cyclist breaths it.

The Province of Utrecht supports open data and open-source solutions, which means that the data and solutions must always be from the public. This is an important factor in solving social issues by and for citizens. The open standards of FIWARE Context Broker have made this possible.

The particulate values are shown on a map

Online you’ll find a real time dashboard.

The power of collaboration

Sodaq is an expert in making sensors, RIVM is responsible for data validation, Civity is a specialist in data solutions.

The data is owned by the province of Utrecht and is made available on CIP Open Data / Dataplatform.

“Poor air quality in cities is a growing problem worldwide. But even in most large cities there are now only a few permanent measuring points, all in the same location. This is far from giving a realistic picture of air quality.”

Jan Willem Smeenk – Sodaq

Using Sniffer Bike

Consolidating and analysing data with FIWARE

The central component for consolidating and analysing data is called the Context Broker. Context Broker is capable of consolidating data from various different IoT devices – in this case the Sniffer Bike sensors – and contextualising the data to form meaningful information.
The Context Broker is based on the global FIWARE NGSI v2 API specifications. It is available as a digital building block to anyone interested in developing high-quality European services in a fast and easy manner.
Context Broker consists of open-source software components, documentation, reference implementations and support services, which are offered for free by the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme. Read more in this article by CEF Digital.

Roadmap Sniffer Bike

Claar Schouwenaar, project leader from the Province of Utrecht, talks about the Snuffelfiets pilot in this interview by Innovation Origins.

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