Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the Bontaz group are committed together to initiate the creation of the first citizen observatory to measure air quality. This innovative initiative involves 70 high school students from the Arve Valley. Unique in France, this multi-partner project prefigures a new way of looking at air quality monitoring in an area that is opening up to the greatest number of people in order to involve all the players and improve knowledge.
A unifying pedagogical project
The students have started the construction of a network of 30 micro-stations ﬁxes to measure air quality. These small boxes, machined, assembled and tested by them, will be deployed this winter to measure PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 particles continuously. The measurement data will be available to everyone on a platform for exchanging and visualizing micro-sensor data developed by Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Captothèque® device).
The mission of the 40 students of the 1st STI2D of the Mont Blanc René Dayve high school in Passy is to machine, assemble and test the microstations, then deploy them on the territory and analyze the measurement results. Subsequently, the Terminale students from the Mont-Blanc René Dayve high school in Passy and Charles Poncet in Cluses will study, as part of their Baccalaureate project, the best ways to optimize the microstations set up. They will observe diﬀérents parameters such as energy consumption, machine ergonomics, telecommunications optimization or the integration of environmental sensors.
Throughout the program, the students are accompanied by a committed teaching team and the experts at Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. The Bontaz group's employees will also support the project during diﬀerents time of exchange with the students.
A multi-partner initiative to advance air quality monitoring
This multi-partner project brings together players from various horizons: the regional air observatory Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, a company concerned about its local environment, the Bontaz Group, high school students and their teachers, around a common aspiration: to improve knowledge of the air in a region.
This approach of openness and participative monitoring is at the heart of the strategy carried by Atmo Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to set up an Augmented Observatory. Its ambition is to associate the whole of society (citizens, economic actors, communities, etc.) in the observation and improvement of air quality.
First project financed thanks to convAIRgence, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes air endowment fund
This project is also the bearer of a new economic model including the participation ﬁnancière of corporate sponsors to create innovative and participatory projects around air quality issues. It is made possible by the ConvAIRgence endowment fund, to which the Bontaz Group is committed as the first corporate sponsor.