Dear CamBike enthusiasts,
This week we can show you some amazing new results. We have analyzed hundreds of hours of data and below is a sneak preview. To get the full story, you should come to our presentation at Sensors day, it will be worth your time! The conference will be held this Friday in Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. If you are interested, you can just drop by (the presentation starts at 12:10 and lasts about half an hour). The entry for you is FREE - you don’t need to register. Just mention that you are a CamBike volunteer at the entrance and they will let you in. We hope to see you there!
Data sneak preview
All the time in front of a computer was well spent - after analyzing several megabytes of textfiles, we were able to generate wonderful plots. We first looked at the time when the volunteers were using the sensors. Clearly we can see “our rush hour”, mostly between 7 and 8 am and 4 and 5 pm. We can also see the lunchbreak at 12pm!
Now that we know WHEN people are moving, we would also like to see HOW FAST. Easily done, here is the plot. As you can see, we get quite a lot data points when the bikes are not moving. We can also see that most of our volunteers cycle at a speed of about 20km/h.
But does speed influence the accuracy of our measurements? We were initially worried about the influence of wind and therefore added the tubes to the sensor inlet. Let’s see if that reduced the correlation!
It seems so. We looked at the PM10 values corresponding to different speeds. Because we included measurements from different places and times of day in the average, the standard deviation is quite high. But we can see that the trend is relatively stable. But this plot only showed PM10, what about PM2.5? Well, of course we can plot PM10 and PM2.5 values against each other:
Indeed, we see a difference between mornings, evenings and midday, but more data (also from †he night) is going to paint a clearer picture.
A CamBike Sensor is currently on its way from central London to Ipswich (by boat). A great thank you to everyone from SailBritain who made this possible (and made the picture). We are curious about the results!
Distribution is ongoing. We are building sensors for you as fast as we can, but it is still a lengthy process. We will let you know as soon as the next batch is ready to hit the road!
We really hope to see as many of you as possible on Friday! We will show even more data and some pretty cool maps. Next week, the team will discuss further steps with focus on the distribution. Also, one of the sensors is shortly going to be tested in Argentina by Norberto Vidal - a big thank you and we hope the sensor arrives soon!Until next time, The CamBike Sensor Team
P.S. If you know anyone who might also like to stay tuned, let them know to just drop us an email!