sensor technology

In the broadest definition, a sensor is an electronic component, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment and send the information to other electronics, frequently a computer processor. A sensor is always used with other electronics, whether as simple as a light or as complex as a computer.

 

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On Wednesday 17 July, the first Amsterdecks measuring platform will be festively opened in the Amsterdamse Bos.

 

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In the Hollandse Luchten project we map the living environment of the province North-Holland.

 

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We have been measuring particulate matter over the past 6 months in Amsterdam. What are the results?

 

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How to measure nuclear radiation? Waag hosted a workshop on how to measure radiation with low-cost sensors.

 

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An improved 2.1 version of the Smart Citizen Kit is now ready for pre-ordering.

 

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Where are we currently in the GammaSense project? In what ways can we measure radiation? And the results of an online survey.

 

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We went to take a look in the Amsterdamse Bos, where the first floating, smart platform of the Amsterdecks project is realized.

 

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The eHealth Users Guild focuses on the successful implementation of eHealth services and products.

 

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In the documentary a Citizen Science Revolution, we follow citizen science groups and take a unique look behind the scenes of this European research project with the question: how do we involve communities in mapping their living environment, and how do we turn this into action?

 

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What about the various citizens' initiatives to measure air quality in the Netherlands? Stefano Bocconi attended a recent meeting of the RIVM.

 

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Hollandse Luchten is a citizens science project where we involve citizens in measuring air quality in their environment in the Province of North Holland.

 

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What about the quality of our swimming water? During this workshop you learn everything about measuring the quality of water.

 

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During this workshop we research noise and noise pollution, explore measuring strategies and use sensors to measure noise.

 

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Making cooperative tools for civic participation and citizen science in the field of noise pollution.

 

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Do you want to know how healthy the air is that you breathe? Then come on 12 April to 'Jij Maakt de Stad!' at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam.

 

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Ivonne Jansen-Dings will give a presentation during a meetup of Amsterdam iBeacon Living Lab at the Glimworm HQ in Amsterdam.

 

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The Making Sense-team has published the book 'Citizen Sensing, a toolkit', which describes all methods, lessons and best practices.

 

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The next Ars Electronica Festival will be held September 8-12, 2016 in Linz (Austria). Waag will be present with an exposition about the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab and a FEAT workshop.

 

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On the Wednesday before Xmas, an enthusiastic group of people gathered at the Waag to assemble an air quality sensor, together with the national RIVM institute.

 

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Together with other Amsterdammers, we will again measure the effects of fireworks on the air quality. This workshop is Dutch spoken.

 

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The developers of GammaSense believe that citizens should have at home the tools and means to monitor radiation levels. Immediately, inexpensively and with a fair level of accuracy.

 

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500 Amsterdammers are measuring the water quality in Amsterdam this summer. For this purpose they are equipped with a Waterbox to perform several tests. Together they will chart the water quality in the city.

 

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Why should you measure, when there is nothing to measure? This was the central question at the third meeting in our Making Sense pilot in measuring gamma radiation.

 

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In this Smart Citizens MeetUp we want to develop a tool that measures gamma radiation, using your webcam (laptop) or camera (phone) in a web-based application. We have some work done, that we like to show, but we would love your input and ideas on further development as well!

 

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What if you could measure nuclear radiation with the camera in your laptop or smartphone? Living near a nuclear power plant, you might take this opportunity very serious.

 

Project
In the project 'Making sense of gamma radiation', Waag investigated the possibilities to design and build new tools that can be used by civilians that want to monitor gamma radiation.

 

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Every year at New Year's Eve, a lot of firework is set off to celebrate the coming year. This produces a large amount of particulated matter (PM10/PM2,5). But what we do not know is exactly how much, and how long it takes before it dissappears from our streets.

 

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In the last few years, several interesting smart citizen projects have seen the light. Waag has been following these developments closely and has been partnering with Fab Lab Barcelona, for instance, in the implementation of the Smart Citizen Kit. This Arduino-based connector platform has made it easier to connect new sensors to the Internet in order to create more transparency for citizens about the quality of their environment.

 

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This evening, students and researchers from the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam will present the outcome of their research of 12 projects in Amsterdam. Dutch spoken.

 

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Frank Kresin of Waag will give (together with others) a 'Smart Citizen' workshop at Thingscon in Amsterdam on 2 December 2016. ThingsCon is Europe’s leading conference about the future of hardware, connected devices and Internet of Things.

 

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From a recent Dutch research it shows that households that have a smart meter installed save less energy than was expected.

 

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Frank Kresin (research director at Waag) will speak at the Dutch symposium 'Measuring air quality' by RIVM.

 

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What if you can combine the experience from the maker movement to create open source hardware and software to map environmental issues that concern citizens everyday? This blog will show you the process of developing a sensor that was designed to answer questions about air quality from an interested community of citizens.

 

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We are hard at work for our Smart Kids Lab, that can be visited at the Medialab of Cinekid 2016. This will be an installation for kids to measure things themselves, the photo showing the 'scream' measurement device, that probably will have to endure a lot of decibels.

 

Project

16-08-2016

Smart Kids Lab

The Smart Kids Lab enables children to map their environment in a playful way, by using modern technology and instruments.

 

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In collaboration with GGD Amsterdam, the KNMI, the Long Fonds, Wageningen University, and ECN Netherlands, we rolled out a programme in which citizens cooperated with experts and worked together for several months while learning how to measure their environments with low-cost technologies: Urban AirQ.

 

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Frank Kresin (Research Director) will speak at the Thingscon Salon #4 in Eindhoven on July 8th, 2016. His contribution will be about the Making Sense project and the smart city.

 

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The Dutch newspaper 'Het Parool' brings the news that the first smart 'Amsterdeck' will be placed in Amsterdam soon. The Amsterdecks project aims to offer insights in the water quality and the accessibility of the public waters of Amsterdam for its citizens and visitors.

 

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12-05-2016

Air quality

The air quality in The Netherlands exceeds European limits. Can a law case help to alter that?

 

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The open access Journal of Sensors has published a research paper called 'Citizen Sensing for Improved Urban Environmental Monitoring'.

 

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The air quality report is based on measurements environmental organisation Milieudefensie took last year. They researched nearly 60 spots for a year and concluded that the nitrogen dioxide limit was exceeded in eleven places. The air quality is particularly bad on busy urban roads with lots of traffic.

 

Event
When is the best time to take a swim in the canals? Which route is the healthiest to take to work? And what’s the real level of noise pollution in your neighbourhood? These are all examples of questions that could be answered in the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab.

 

Project

10-03-2016

Making Sense

Making Sense showed how open-source software, open-source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be used by local communities to make sense of their environments.

 

Event
From our Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab we organize a special pilot in 2016 to measure air quality around the Valkenburgerstraat and Weesperstraat, under the name Urban AirQ. Citizens can actively participate in the measuring process.

 

Project

8-03-2016

Urban AirQ

From our Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab we organize a special pilot in 2016 to measure air quality around the Valkenburgerstraat and Weesperstraat, under the name Urban AirQ. Citizens can actively participate in the measuring process.

 

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Commissioned by the Dutch Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), Waag has conducted a short research into the information need about air quality.

 

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In the past five years, the broad availability of open hardware tools, the creation of online data sharing platforms, and access to maker spaces have fostered the design of low cost and open source sensors that independent communities of citizens can appropriate to engage in environmental action.

 

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The official Dutch institute that is measuring air quality, RIVM, has made a handy brochure for those interested in measuring air quality themselves, titled 'Meten voor een gezonde stad' (pdf). It explains the role of citizen science and clearly explains what substances have an influence on air quality. It does so in Dutch.

 

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Plume Air Report is an app for iOS and Android, that offers insight in the actual air quality in 150+ countries worldwide.

 

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Our latest initiative involves mapping the waters of Amsterdam, to know if they are suitable as swimwater. During a meeting of Water Republic 2025 at Pakhuis de Zwijger, the project Amsterdecks and the website Liquid Commons were presented for the first time. Martin Risseeuw and Ivo de Kler at Waag developed the website and the corresponding datavisualisation of the water currents in Amsterdam.

 

Event
During SAIL 2015, eight different innovative water projects will present themselves to the audience at Pakhuis de Zwijger on 20 August 2015. Each project will show their idea in ten slides.

 

Project

6-08-2015

Amsterdecks

The Amsterdecks project aims to offer insights in the water quality and the accessibility of the public waters of Amsterdam for its citizens and visitors.

 

Article
On 13 May 2015, the first Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab was held. More than 50 citizens, scientists and technicians gathered to gain more insight in their city. By measuring the city themselves in the next months, to investigate and get into action based on the results.

 

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The third edition of the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab.

 

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The second edition of the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab. Information about this event is only available at the Dutch version of this page.

 

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In offices, one can save up to twenty percent in energy consumption with some small adaptations to daily routines. The aim of the BOCS (Building Occupancy Certification System) project is to gain insight into the situation at three offices in the larger Amsterdam region, and to develop a system that both stimulates energy efficient behaviour and increases the comfort of the workspace.

 

Project

13-04-2015

BOCS sensor lab

The aim of the BOCS study is to develop to develop a system that will stimulate more energy-efficient office practices and at the same time improve your work comfort.

 

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In the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab, we explore tools and applications to map the world around us.

 

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In February of this year the experiment in Amsterdam with Smart Citizen Kit started, in which citizens could measure the environment at their own location with affordable electronics and sensors and share the results online in real time. Now it is time to draw the conclusions and we have put all our findings in a final report (that includes a summary in English at the end).

 

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What is the noise intensity level in Amsterdam? In the past months, citizens in Amsterdam have measured their environment.

 

Event

5-06-2014

Fresh air!

How healthy is our environment? What about the air quality and noise levels around your home and can you measure and improve these? As part of the Smart Citizen kit project, the artists of Cascoland show you during "Fresh air!" what Coughing Shrubs are, how stressed a tree can be, and serve you herby soup.

 

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On 13 May 2014 we had Hans Berkhout of RIVM as a guest of the Smart Citizen project in Amsterdam.

 

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In Amsterdam, the Smart Citizen project started in April 2014. Citizens in Amsterdam are measuring air quality in their own environment.

 

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On 16 June 2014 we will evaluate the results of the Smart Citizen project with the participants and partners in the project.

 

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Appril, Waag and Sensemakers.rs organize a DIY meetup about the Smart Citizen Kit and the app. With hands-on research into the technical issues, obstacles and additional features.

 

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On February 25, 2014 the first Smart Citizen Kit Install Party took place: a 'man only' event with tech-savvy people.

 

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With the Smart Citizen Kit (SCK), citizens of Amsterdam have measured their environment in real time during a test period from March till June 2014, organized by Waag, Amsterdam Smart City and the Amsterdam Economic Board.

 

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We have tested the Smart Citizen Kit in Amsterdam with citizens to measure the air quality in the city..

 

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What are the real levels of air pollution around your home or business? And what about noise pollution? and humidity? Now imagine that you could know them, share instantly and compare with other places in your city, in real time ... How could this information help to improve our environment quality?

 

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Last year at Kickstarter the project Twine was launched, a turquoise box full of sensors. The promise of this device with a standard set of accelerometers, thermometers and other sensors was that you could easily set up a measuring device, that can send you alerts wirelessly when a certain preset condition is met.

 

Project

8-03-2012

Health-Lab

Waag's Creative Care Lab participated in the Health-Lab project, that aimed at stimulating and accelerating innovation in health care, with a strong focus at the (end) users.

 

Project

8-03-2012

Scottie

The project Scottie researched the possibilities of using information and communication technology to create virtual intimacy between long-stay absentees and their primary social contact group.