BeMap: Bicycle Environmental Mapping device
The BeMap device is an air pollution mapping prototype, featuring GPS tracking and sensors measuring pollution integrated into a lightweight bicycle lamp. The BeMap device was primarily designed for cycle commuters, who can map pollution along their way to work and chose their route accordingly to their pollution exposure.
The BeMap project is open-source, feel free to get in touch if you want to know anything about us!
Just as you would expect from a bicycle lamp, BeMap in also autonomous. The current prototypes use re-purposed batteries from broken Thymio robots! BeMap devices can be charged with a standard USB cable plugged into your computer, a wall socket or a power bank.
BeMap’s sensors measure CO, NO2, temperature and humidity. If you’re willing to take up the challenge, you could tweak the front board to add more!
Transfer your pollution mappings to your computer using a standard USB cable, then keep them to yourself or upload them to share with the community! Current work in progress to bring BeMap data to the cloud with LoRa wireless module.
Unlike most air pollution measuring units, BeMap is designed for moving. The integrated GPS allows BeMap to measure air pollution along a the roads while recording regular data. Why bother with a single air-pollution measurement when you can have your own trail of data?
We are a team of four microengineering students from EPFL, Switzerland. The BeMap project started in 2015 as an extra-curriculum project for a contest.
We share important values and lifestyle choices, and we want to communicate a few of them through our project: