QoAir: A blockchain-based system for heatwave management in urban areas

The QoAir system will provide a quick feedback about the situation in the urban area. Even though everyone has a mobile device with temperature prediction, all these results come from measurements done in other conditions such as under shadow, etc. They don't reflect the real degree and the real feel of the heat in urban areas caused of pollution factors. The idea of the QoAir project is to create a network of sensors distributed over an area. These sensors, connected together in the blockchain network, will measure the temperature increase of the area where they reside.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
The project is comprised of two parts: (1) software development, and (2) hardware integration. The first part is in development phase, and for the second part we need the proper hardware, which in the meantime is replaced with synthetically generated data.

How does it work?

QoAir is a blockchain-based solution to measure heat in urban areas via a network of connected sensors. In case a heat-wave is detected a trigger will be generated and sent to a governmental institution which will then follow their respective guidelines to raise awareness and prepare the population with the right countermeasures. Here comes in hand a new technology, a distributed database made up of blocks of data connected with each other in a hashed form: the blockchain. This component will contribute to greater stakeholder involvement, transparency and engagement and help bring trust and further innovative solutions, since it can be later integrated with other systems.