Citizen Sensing

Citizen sensing is a socio-technical process in which citizens use lightweight sensor technologies to collectively monitor their environment by gathering and sharing data. Beyond its great potential to develop collaborative and open cities , most of the citizen sensing initiatives deployed have not been sustainable and scalable projects. Through our research we’ve identified the challenges and opportunities related to participatory sensing processes:

  • Problems with the technology setup and use.
  • Deficient data quality and sensing technologies.
  • Difficulties in understanding the data.
  • Lack of specific applications for the data collected.
  • Need of a engagement process.
  • Lack of connection with the general context and the purpose of the data collection.