Conceived in the context of the Cities program 2.0 Fing (Next Generation Internet Foundation) and inspired by experiences in London, New York and San Francisco, the Green Eyes / Citypulse project has a simple goal: multiply by 1,000 the environmental sensors in the city and get citizens to participate in environmental issues and involve them directly to building a sustainable city. The Green Eyes is first a personal communication device equipped with two environmental sensors (ozone and noise), and GPS and Bluetooth chips. The device looks like a watch that the individual wears into the city to capture and stores data that is then published on the network.
Enhanced by mobile phone with an installed java application, the device keeps track of noise and measures the ozone while transmitting data at regular intervals to Citypulse, an open platform that receives, stores and makes data measurement available. The data, which is completely anonymous and free, can be be projected onto maps, used in models, etc. Once the data is collected, it is possible for everyone to see the noisiest areas or most nitrogenous on interactive Google Maps.
Green Eyes’ distinguishing feature is characterized by citizen experience. No citizens, no data! Instead of installing 300 automatic kiosks to take measurements in Paris which would robotize the city even more, we entrust that task to the people. The idea makes sense: pollution level is measured with the goal of reducing it; therefore, quality of life for residents is improved by asking them to measure the pollution themselves.
The Green Eyes project aims to co-produce environmental measures with citizens, conceive of new urban services and add a dimension that is playful, esthetic, sensitive to the objectives of the sustainable city.
Green Eyes / Citypulse is one of 16 prize-winning prototypes responding to the Cap Digital call for proposals for Future events in the Seine and financing thanks to the substantial support of the Region of Île-de-France. Thirty prototypes of the Green Eyes will be tested by the residents of the 2nd arrondissement of Paris (Digital Quarter) and the Futur en Seine, by high school and college students of Montreuil (Maison Populaire), researchers from the Cité des sciences and wikiplaza visitors, place de la Bastille. The goal is to attract 1,000 sensors per city to ensure that continual and relevant capture of data.