Smart Citizen is the world’s largest independent environmental sensing network, and the platform is now live in Manchester.
Manchester is only the third city in the world to create its own Smart Citizen community, after successful launches in Barcelona and Amsterdam. This experimental network enables citizens to become active in capturing, sharing and making sense of the data that lies within their city, through the use of low-cost sensors – the Smart Citizen Kit (SCK). The platform is open to anyone, anywhere, and the first Mancunian Smart Citizens have been recruited from an open call announced by FutureEverything; a range of technologists, educators and environmentalists, who will both help shape the evolution of the platform in Manchester, and build new tools using the data captured by the devices.
Connecting data, people and knowledge, the objective of Smart Citizen to serve as a node for building productive open indicators and distributed tools, and thereafter the collective construction of the city for its own inhabitants.
Smart Citizen is based on open platforms for data collection and sharing, comprising of the Smart Citizen Kit itself, RESTful API, a mobile app and web interface. At the heart of the kit, which is around the size of a pack of cards, is the ‘Ambient Board’, a piece of hardware comprising of two printed circuit boards: an interchangeable daughterboard, or ‘shield’, and an Arduino-compatible data processing board.