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Mobile technologies and personalized environmental information for supporting sustainable mobility in Oslo: The Citi-Sense-MOB approach

Abstract

Urban and peri-urban growth is increasing world-wide and Europe is now one of the most
urbanized continents in the world. Oslo is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. This creates
pressure on its infrastructure, including traffic and environmental urban quality. Additionally,
vehicular traffic is a major contributor to CO2 emissions, which impacts climate change. It is
recognized that air quality is a major factor for human health however, although different measures
have been implemented, improving air quality and lowering carbon emissions still remains an
unsolved problem in Oslo.
The main objective of Citi-Sense-MOB is to demonstrate how using innovative technology to
continuously measure environmental data at the road level combined with innovative Information
and Communication Technologies (ICT) can help to create a dynamic city infrastructure for realtime
city management, access to personalized environmental information and sustainable
development. The output from the project will be mobile services for citizens and authorities based
on the use of near real-time data on air quality and CO2 emissions at road level.
The societal importance of these services arises from a need to mitigate the effects of air pollution
and climate change, and to combat respiratory diseases related to traffic-related air pollution.
In order to motivate citizens to use the information generated by the project, Citi-Sense-MOB will
provide them with personalized environmental information, as for instance alerting systems when
pollution levels exceed a critical threshold. Customized information will also be provided to
authorities consisting of detailed air quality maps at high spatial resolution and an evaluation of
possibilities to reduce CO2 emissions by improving driving practices in public urban fleets.

Category

Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Nuria Castell
  • Hai-Ying Liu
  • Michael John Kobernus
  • Arne Jørgen Berre
  • Josef Noll
  • Erol Cagatay
  • Reidun Gangdal

Affiliation

  • NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research
  • SINTEF Digital / Software and Service Innovation
  • University of Oslo
  • Diverse norske bedrifter og organisasjoner

Year

2014

Publisher

BIS Oldenburg

Book

EnviroInfo 2014 Oldenburg. Proceedings of the 28th Conference on Environmental Informatics - Informatics for Environmental Protection, Sustainable Development and Risk Management, September 10-12, 2014

ISBN

978-3-8142-2317-9

Page(s)

699 - 706

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