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Lord Mayor of Freiburg Dieter Salomon becomes patron of the Freiburg The Things Network Community

28. März 2018
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Turning it on. From the left: Lea Treicks (Badenova), Dieter Salomon (Mayor of Freiburg), Sebastian Müller (TTN Community Freiburg), Thorsten Radensleben (CEO of Badenova).

At an event today at Freiburg’s municipal owned energy company, the Lord Mayor of Freiburg Dieter Salomon and the CEO of bade nova Thorsten Radelsleben handed over Gateways for the Freiburg The Things Network Community.

At the same even the Lord Mayor declared that he wants to become the patron of the The Freiburg The Things Network Community.

“With my patronage, I support the new The Things Network Community Freiburg and promote cooperation between this community, the city administration and the society. (…) The Things Network Community Freiburg offers citizens the ability to actively participate in the digital transformation of our city with a cost-effective and open approach. Self-interest, the will to implement solutions and a sense of responsibility towards the community provide a fertile ground for creativity in favour of a solution-oriented urban development.”

The Things Network Community Freiburg is very proud of the material support and the recognition given through this patronage.

Currently there are ten active Gateways in the City of Freiburg. A variety of institutions and individuals have already put ups their Gateways and several institutions have announced they will participate. Apart from individuals, the Haufe Lexware publishing house, Fraunhofer Institut for Physical Measurement Techniques, FreiLAB and Atec Software have put up Gateways, and several other gateways have been announced. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Coworking Space at Martinstor and the Chaos Computer Club want to set up a Gateways, too.

Together with the infrastructure provided by our local energy and water company we will become one of the top cities with TTN coverage in Germany and second only to the leading communities in Amsterdam and Zürich.

The TTN Freiburg Community regularly organises workshops, so that the network can be used competently and continues to grow.

„For us, Smart City does not just mean putting on great technology: we want to empower citizens to participate,“ Müller explained. (more…)

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Particulates or particulate matter in the Air in Freiburg

27. Januar 2017

This is an english summary of my page about my little air quality sensor.

The story behind it is explained very simply: One day I decided to visit the people of luftdaten.info in Stuttgart and have a look at their project. They have cleverly designes a particular matter sensor for both PM10 and PM2.5 that costs less then 30 Euros.

Because of their small size, particles on the order of 10 micrometers or less (PM10) can penetrate the deepest part of the lungs such as the bronchioles or alveoli. Similarly, so called fine PM, (often referred to as PM2.5), tend to penetrate into the gas exchange regions of the lung (alveolus), and very small particles (< 100 nanometers) may pass through the lungs to affect other organs. So these particles are not something you should take lightly. And these particulates are a good indicator for other Air polutants such as NOx. Both are caused by burning stuff, either to heat your house or when you drive around in a car.

The effects of inhaling particulate matter that have been widely studied in humans and animals include asthma, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, premature delivery, birth defects, and premature death.

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In Europe PM10 particulates should not exceed 50 µg/m3 on a Daily average for more then 35 days. The worst air in Germany is often found in Stuttgart, but Freiburg beeing in a valley also has problems. Thats why I decided to put upt he first sensor from this citizen science network.

The graphics you see are taken from my sensor outside on my balcony. The grey thing next to my little polar pear houses the sensor. You can build these fairly easy yourself.

These graphics should be refreshed every 15 min. This one shows the measurement over one week. Note 50 µg/m3  are the limit:

To see if the 50 µg/m3 for PM10 has been broken, see this chart:

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on the way to Hayastan

28. Oktober 2012

Right now I and three other people from the umbrella organisation of youth councils in Baden-Württemberg are on our way to Armenia, or as the natives call it Hayastan. We will go there to study youth participation and informal education. The trip is financed by the youth in action program of the EU and organised by the Polish Fundacja Civis Polonus. I hope to gain many insights into this country in „wilder“ Europe.

Whilst preparing I found this quote from a book about the Caucasus:

„Given all these problems, can one ever really think of the Caucasus as Europe? To conceive of Europe as a place that does not stop at the Oder River or even the Bosphorus became possible once Europe refashioned itself as a set of values rather than a self-evident set of boundaries.

Seeing things in that way has required a gargantuan effort to forget, to shove into the dark corners of the past those values that have most often defined Europeanness: nationalism, chauvinism, and a penchant for the authoritarian state.

In other words, it requires that today’s Europeans and those who wish to join them continue to do what they have done since 1945—to engage in a collective rethinking of the past that enables a creative, liberating, and humane imagining of the future.“ King, C. (2008). The Ghost of Freedom:A History of the Caucasus. Oxford University Press, USA.

It summs the situation, as far as I could gather from books, up very well. Now I’m eager to see the real thing. I’ll keep you updated here on my blog and also on my twitter. I hope to show you some pictures as well.

We will fly out there tonight arrive very early in the morning in Eriwan and then have parts of monday off, the meetings will start on tuesday and we will all be back on monday the 5th.

Evaluation and Monitoring Seminar

3. Dezember 2009

Last weekend we were at the Evaluation and Monitoring Seminar for PMI here in the province. Although we didn’t understand a lot because most of the stuff was in Indonesian, but it seemed to be a lot of things I had at PH Freiburg previously. We have a very nice video as well.

In the evening we went celebrating my birhthday by going to the Cinema and on Monday we had some Karaoke.