Through the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative, the European Commission is helping digitise European industry. FED4SAE is part of this strategy, targeting a large network of ‘small’ companies (startups, small/medium enterprises and midcaps), including both technology specialists and low-tech companies.
We are proud to announce that Bettair Cities was awarded funding in the Open Call FED4SAE03. The objective of this System integration Application Experiment is to migrate the current MCU solution used in our hardware to an STM32 processor family. We will take advantage of the features offered by this processor family: high performance, real-time capabilities, digital signal processing, and low-power operation. Additionally, a LoRaWAN module will be integrated into our Bettair® static node, and tested in London and Santander, in order to include this network connectivity in our platform.
LoRaWANs are power-efficient and can connect devices over an area of 10-15 kilometres, with ranges extending up to 50 kilometres in some cases. The experiment, which will consist of testing 8 air quality monitors that transmit data using LoRaWAN, will enable us to measure pollution in real time in the City of London in UK and Santander in Spain. Air quality in London has improved in recent years as a result of policies to reduce emissions, primarily from road transport. However, recently updated maps of pollution concentrations for 2013 still show significant areas of exceedances of the annual mean NO2 EU Limit Values. Improvements are planned to address these violations, as recently announced in the Mayor’s program of air quality measures. It is clear that there is a need to measure pollution with high spatial and temporal resolution in order to fully understand how air pollution evolves based on actual measures and to assist in identifying these improvements. Bettair® is the response to this need.