The first experimenters of the Captotheque, the service for citizen awareness and participation in the monitoring of Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, have started to freely measure the air quality on the territory of the CCPMB thanks to the micro-sensors lent free of charge as part of the experiment.

Air pollution is a complex, changing and multifactorial problem. Thus it can be difficult to get an accurate opinion of the quality of the air we breathe throughout the day, outdoors, at home, by bicycle, car, in the mountains...  Beyond the data provided by Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, it is impossible, without the tools available, to measure finely the pollution that we really breathe in our direct environment.

30 experimenters... and 300 measurement sessions in 3 days!

Equipping citizens to experiment with air quality monitoring is precisely the objective of the Captotheque service, which began its experimental phase on January 7 by lending air quality micro-sensors free of charge to 30 inhabitants of the CCPMB. After having applied for the service and having been chosen according to different criteria to integrate a panel of diverse profiles, each person was given an AirBeam micro-sensor and access to the platform on which they can visualize and classify their measurements in real time.


The first experimenters of the capture library discover the sensors and how the service works.


Despite a few "bugs" at the launch of this beta version of the service, more than 300 measurement sessions have already been carried out on the territory in just a few days! From train travel to cross-country skiing training, or air quality in the office, at home or while cooking, these are different contexts that are tested by our experimenters, allowing everyone to apprehend the air quality around them and according to their activities. by himself some. Congratulations to them! 

Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes hopes that the next experimenters, and eventually all the users of the service, will have as much enthusiasm to measure the air quality of their environment. Thematic workshops to exchange around measurements and atmospheric phenomena (source of pollution, weather, etc.) will follow with the experimenters and experts in the field.

Registrations are always open on the CCPMB territory.

More than 200 people have already applied to take advantage of the service on the territory of the CCPMB and the next 30 experimenters are scheduled to meet on January 24th for a second sensor loan session. But even with this successful launch, we still need you! Every two weeks, 30 citizens will be invited to participate in the experiment until mid-April.  Registration is therefore still open. If you are interested, do not hesitate to apply on the Captotheque's website.


The captotheque allows to experiment different contexts impacting the air quality, like here a thermal inversion.

Towards gradual deployment to other territories

The Captotheque is currently being tested on the territory of the Community of Communes of the Mont-Blanc region with the help of the latter, and its ambition is to gradually expand throughout the region. Residents of the Grenoble metropolitan area have already been able to apply to receive the sensor: nearly 360 people have expressed their interest in 3 days. The experiment will begin for the selected participants as early as next week. Then it will be the turn of the Clermont-Ferrand metropolis to be offered a test period.

The Captotheque is a platform that allows every citizen of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region to borrow a micro-sensor to measure air quality, without any resource condition. The project is financed by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, INTERREG Alpin SPace, ADEME, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, Clermont Métropole and supported by the Communauté de Communes des Pays du Mont-Blanc.

More information on the BBClean Interreg Alpine Space project here.