Participatory sensing in environmental monitoring: Experiences

Ville Kotovirta, Timo Toivanen, Renne Tergujeff, Markku Huttunen

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    Abstract

    In this paper we describe our experiences in applying the concept of participatory sensing to environmental monitoring. We have run pilot trials for air quality, water quality and plant disease monitoring. In these pilots, users have reported their personal observations or measurements of various environmental phenomena, using special locationbased applications in their mobile phones. We found a relevant correlation between algae observations by untrained citizens and by professionals, which supports the feasibility of participatory sensing as a complementary information source for algae monitoring. One key issue in collecting useful participatory datasets is managing to motivate people for acting as mobile environmental sensors. Other important issues discussed in the paper include privacy preservation and reliability of user observations
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings
    Subtitle of host publicationSixth International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing, IMIS 2012
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Pages155-162
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-4684-1, 978-1-4673-1328-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSixth International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing, IMIS 2012 - Palermo, Italy
    Duration: 4 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceSixth International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing, IMIS 2012
    Abbreviated titleIMIS 2012
    CountryItaly
    CityPalermo
    Period4/07/126/07/12

    Keywords

    • Participatory sensing
    • air quality
    • water quality
    • plant disease
    • mobile phone
    • architecture

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    Kotovirta, V., Toivanen, T., Tergujeff, R., & Huttunen, M. (2012). Participatory sensing in environmental monitoring: Experiences. In Proceedings: Sixth International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing, IMIS 2012 (pp. 155-162). IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/IMIS.2012.70