The UPOD is an embedded-systems platform developed at the University of Colorado at Boulder intended for mobile air quality and environmental monitoring. The configurable design accommodates a variety of sensors, making it a valuable tool for a multitude of applications.
Here you can find everything necessary to build and run a UPOD.

Why chose to build your own system? Size and affordability.

Traditional air quality monitors offer high measurement precision and accuracy, yet are prohibitively bulky and expensive in widespread monitoring applications. Using affordable monitors makes air quality monitoring accessible to a larger population of scientists and citizens.

A local government may, for example, decide to fund a network of affordable sensors instead of one traditional monitoring system. While the traditional system provides high measurement precision, it says nothing of spacial variability within the district. Several dozen UPODs are equivalent in price to one fixed site station.

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The size and portability of the UPOD also make it easy to turn any vehicle into a mobile monitoring station, and with the onboard GPS you can geo-locate each measurement. Imagine outfitting every school bus in you district with an air quality monitor! Here is an example of carbon monoxide measurements taken with a UPOD along a main motorway between Accra, the capital city of Ghana and the coastal fishing town of Winneba.



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