Raspberry Pi air pollution monitoring / environmental sensors

Raspberry Pi air pollution monitoring / environmental sensors

Posted on behalf of Southend Tech

We'll be using Raspberry Pi and sensors to detect and monitor air pollution and other environmental factors.

Using sensors to measure real time levels of toxic gases, particulate matter (PM2.5), temperature, humidity, light, and noise readings allows us to measure and create fine-grained, detailed datasets that let us see shifts in air quality through time and across different areas and contribute real-time air quality data from your local area to open data projects like Luftdaten.

Why not combine it with some IoT smarts like a visual display, audio feedback, robotic action, Twitterbot or Alexa skill so that you can ask what the pollution, temperature or humidity is ? Or you could set up a trigger action with IFTTT that turns your Philips Hue lights on when the light level drops below a certain level.

If you have sensors, Raspberry Pis, Microbits, Arduinos, laptops, tablets bring them along, but we'll have some to use.

Don't miss Thursday 3rd October, 6pm - 3D printing, design, rendering, virtual reality, 360 degree photography meetup for adults in Southend.

Future fortnightly Monday Evening dates

30th September 2019
14th, (28th October 2019-daytime)
11th, 25th November 2019
9th December 2019

We're running Raspberry Pi coding activities on alternate Monday evenings.


The venue is located on the junction of North Road / Chelmsford Avenue. Don't go in the building site entrance on the junction (next to the Muslim building). Use the pedestrian entrance just next to it or the free car park entrance is further towards the BP garage.

Other Coding Events

Latest details will be on southendtech.co.uk

Twitter @SouthendRPiJams

Facebook: SouthendTech page, SouthendTech group

  • Maybe Sat 5th or Sun 6th October, Southend(?) for a Fun Palace

  • Tuesday 8th October 2019 - 3.30pm-7.00pm Basildon Library

  • Sat 12th October am Chelmsford Library

  • Monday 14th October 7pm-9pm Southend, building and coding Virtual Reality worlds

  • Sat 19th October, am/pm Chelmsford tbc

  • Monday October 28th Southend daytime coding event (Half Term)

For over 18s, Southend Tech Meetup is held on the first Thursday evening of the month, also at The Old Waterworks. All welcome.
Details and booking here https://www.southendtech.co.uk/southend-digital-professionals

  • Thursday 3rd October 6pm - 3D printing, design, rendering, virtual reality, 360 degree photography adult meetup.

  • Thursday 7th November 2019 6pm - Innovation and Digital Transformation

Other Information

BRING FOOD AND DRINK if you wish and laptops, Pis, electronics etc.


Please register for a compulsory adult/child entry ticket per person attending.

You will need to answer diversity and inclusivity demographic questions and photo/video consent.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

If you can't make it but want to be invited to future events, please register the appropriate ticket.

16 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm
until 16 Sep 2019 at 9:00pm
The Old Waterworks
North Road
Southend on Sea

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