AQMO platform: buses and drones mobilised to analyse air quality

It is on the basis of this innovative project, involving many Rennes partners and coordinated by the University of Rennes 1 via François Bodin, teacher-researcher at IRISA, that an urban platform capable of measuring air quality is being created.


The Air Quality and MObility (AQMO) project is co-financed by the European Union. It responds to the challenge of air quality through the development of a "smart city" pilot project in the region of Rennes Métropole. It aims to develop a comprehensive urban platform that will extend current practices in air quality measurement.

The AQMO platform will provide citizens, local authorities, scientific organisations and private companies with new data and innovative services based on computer simulation.

At the end of the project, the platform, used by Rennes Métropole, will be easily transferable and replicable in other cities.


In order to provide daily data, the cross-sectional approach is favoured, ranging from the use of micro-sensors to supercomputers. An important aspect of the project is the use of HPC (High Performance Computing) as a service. The project explores its use to deliver value to citizens and support government decision-making. HPC capabilities are needed to perform numerical simulation with an accurate pollution dispersion model that would include assimilation of sensor data.

The resulting data will be made available to citizens through the metropolitan public data service developed by Rennes Métropole. The metadata will be published on the French Open Data portal and on the European open data portal.

In order to carry out rigorous air quality measurements over a large area in a cost-effective way (in addition to the existing regulations), the project actors will exploit the local bus network using high quality sensors. In the case of peak pollution measurements, the use of drones will be implemented.

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François Bodin is assisted by Laurent Morin, an experienced researcher funded by the AQMO project. The work entrusted to him concerns the development of all the systems and communications software elements of the Edge computing platform.



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European project AQMO - CEF Programme (Connecting Europe Facility)

Name of the scientific leader: François BODIN
Laboratory / UMR: IRISA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires) UMR CNRS 6074

Project duration: From 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2020 (2 years)