Our projects

The air sensor technology market is expanding as more low-cost sensors become available. The new generation of low-cost, portable air quality sensors opens an exciting opportunity for people to use this technology for a wide range of applications, many of them linked to the IOT trend of sensing everything.

VITO assists in the selection of the most suitable sensor solution for your application and provides costumer-oriented sensor validation services.

We carry out R&D projects at all scales, from bilateral projects to international research projects.


VITO developed a Sensor Selection Tool to provide an overview of commercially available air quality sensors and their characteristics.

The aim of this tool is to help local governments, policy makers and citizens in finding the sensor that best fits their needs.


Benchmark Portable Sensors

During this project, we conducted an extensive lab- and field benchmarking study of 9 commercially available portable sensor systems, measuring PM, NO2 and/or BC. After an initial inventory study (literature study + market search) and sensor selection from long list (39) to shortlist (12), 9 sensor systems were ultimately selected and benchmarked in a lab test, mobile field test and a 3-month field co-location campaign. The final report can be found below.

Benchmark sensors

Sensor testing @ European level

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) carries out a research project related to air pollution measurements with sensors. Within the sensEURcity project, sensor networks will be deployed and evaluated in the cities of Antwerp (BE), Oslo (NO) and Zagreb (HR). These campaigns aim at testing the suitability of sensor systems to complement classical air monitoring stations and networks.


City of Things

The project was a cooperation of the municipalities Kampenhout, Sint-Niklaas, Schoten, Dilbeek and Oudenaarde, and was funded through the CoT call (2018) of VLAIO.

The aim of the project was to acquire knowledge on how to set up a scientifically sound sensor network for air quality measurements in municipalities. This includes knowledge about functional requirements of a sensor network, overview of commercially available sensors, requirements related to network, visualization and communication to citizens and a business case in which all the expected costs of a sensor network (purchase, maintenance, visualization, processing) are listed.

We also looked at how cities and municipalities can use the acquired knowledge to implement their policies (what to do with measurements? what actions to take?). Two use cases with sensor networks were rolled out in Sint-Niklaas and Kampenhout. The results were used to advice other municipalities on the technical feasibility and usability of the results from air quality sensor networks. 

The Blueprint is available in ENG and NL

co-locatie sensorboxen op VMM station

CO2 monitor

VITO developed a CO2 monitor, based on the Sensirion NDIR SCD30 sensor, that intuitively reflects the indoor CO2 concentration as green (<900 ppm), orange (900-1200 ppm) or red (>1200 ppm). 

The sensors are now build by Connectum and sold by Clics. VITO stays responsible for calibration and quality control of the sensors, as each individual sensor is tested in our sensor validation lab before being sold.

CO2 huisje

our customers or project partners

University of Warwick
comon invent
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Vlaamse Milieu Maatschappij