Germany has a new shop window for future developments – the Futurium. We are proud to be part of the first exhibition with an interactive exhibit: the Open senseBox.
The senseBox is a Citizen Science project. It is a do-it-yourself kit of an environmental measuring station that collects data like temperature, humidity or fine dust pollution, for example. These data can be transmitted to a public web platform and then used for research purposes. The senseBox was developed by the Institute for Geoinformatics of the University of Münster and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, designed and built by Archimedes.
The exhibit in the Futurium now makes it possible to experience how senseBoxes work. On an interactive map of Berlin, the real-time data of approx. 50 active senseBoxes on fine dust pollution and temperature are displayed in a heat map. The map and the measured values can be influenced interactively. How would the measuring network react to rising temperatures or particulate matter levels? Further heat maps illustrate the measured values in typical big city scenarios such as rush hour, on a Sunday morning or on New Year’s Eve. Visitors can also call up information on the extent to which phenomena such as day and night or summer and winter influence the measured values.
An exciting Citizen Science project that illustrates our environmental conditions and can encourage participation in scientific processes.
More information on the website of FUTURIUM: https://futurium.de/de/sense-box
Click here for the openSenseMap: https://opensensemap.org/