Solution for real-time environmental monitoring, analyzing and reporting offers easy access for any company in need of environmental measurements.
30 July 2012
Measuring environmental conditions in real-time
Cloud-based comprehensive solution for real-
time environmental monitoring, analyzing
and reporting has been developed in Finland.
The platform aims to offer easy and
inexpensive access for any company,
organization or consumer in need of © Vaisala
Measuring environmental conditions produces vast amounts of data, which is creating the need for
more efficient ways of collecting, processing and meaningfully visualizing it. The new platform
responds to these challenges.
In practical application, environmental data that is measured with e.g. sensors can be fed to the
platform, which analyzes it, processes it and filters the results based on the customer’s
The results are then aggregated from various sources and quality control-checked. Alarms or
notifications are then reported to the customer regarding the environmental conditions.
For example, if a company needs to control for levels of CO2 emissions, they only need to
configure their settings and the platform will present the data in real-time with a compelling
interface and send notifications whenever emission levels are too high.
The platform was developed by a work group consisting of VTT Technical Research Centre of
Finland, Vaisala, University of Eastern Finland and HiQ Finland
The platform was developed under the Measurement, Monitoring and Environmental Efficiency
Assessment (MMEA) program under the Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation
for Energy and Environment (CLEEN Ltd).
Apart from technical challenges, creating a platform of such ambition requires cooperation from
several different actors. The MMEA program has helped the team by coordinating the
communication between all the partners. As a result, design and computation skills got combined
with the knowledge and data coming out of the environment sector.
“Being under one umbrella organization like this is great because it enables the connections
between all the different parts. We would not have been able to implement this kind of platform at
all without all the partners working together,” says Research Manager Atso Haapaniemi from HiQ
Distinguishing MMEA from existing solutions
*MMEA seeks to be the common platform for any environmental data.
Submitting and accessing the data with common interfaces increases
efficiency to utilize platform in various business needs.
*The platform boasts flexibility of connectivity: it is being developed to
easily adapt to different data sources, be it collected from different kind
of sensors or other data sources. Scalability and capability to process
huge amounts of data are also taken into account when designing and
implementing the solution.
*The platform processes, analyzes and reports the data in real-time,
which is completely unprecedented in many traditional business areas. It
can route data to different data storages: either cloud-based or local on-
Marketplace for environmental data
Completing the MMEA Platform would mark an important step in the open data movement. Finnish
governmental institutions are gradually opening up their data; improving the efficiency of existing
frameworks could decrease the time it takes to complete the process.
Making data more open and easily available would highly benefit the private as well as the public
Governmental institutions could utilize the platform in different use cases either by providing more
valuable and real-time information to citizens or by harnessing and aggregating the data to create
new services and solutions.
The next step in the development of the platform is implementation of ENVITORI – a centralized
marketplace for environmental data. This would make it easy to find data when needed and get it
processed in flexible ways on-demand.
Creating new tools for environmental monitoring
Speeding up smart grid recovery from faults
Open data induces better energy decisions