Development and application of a next generation air sensor network for the Hong Kong marathon 2015 air quality monitoring

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  • Li Sun
  • Peng Wei
  • Hao Huang
  • Dane Westerdahl
  • Peter K.K. Louie
  • Connie W.Y. Luk

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Original languageEnglish
Article number211
Journal / PublicationSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number2
Online published5 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016



This study presents the development and evaluation of a next generation air monitoring system with both laboratory and field tests. A multi-parameter algorithm was used to correct for the impact of environmental conditions on the electrochemical sensors for carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollutants. The field evaluation in an urban roadside environment in comparison to designated monitors showed good agreement with measurement error within 5% of the pollutant concentrations. Multiple sets of the developed system were then deployed in the Hong Kong Marathon 2015 forming a sensor-based network along the marathon route. Real-time air pollution concentration data were wirelessly transmitted and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) for the Green Marathon was calculated, which were broadcast to the public on an hourly basis. The route-specific sensor network showed somewhat different pollutant patterns than routine air monitoring, indicating the immediate impact of traffic control during the marathon on the roadside air quality. The study is one of the first applications of a next generation sensor network in international sport events, and it demonstrated the usefulness of the emerging sensor-based air monitoring technology in rapid network deployment to supplement existing air monitoring.

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  • Air network, Marathon, Next generation sensor, Roadside air quality

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