OPEN RADIATION: a collaborative project for radioactivity measurement in the environment by the public
1: IRSN, Institute for radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, 92262 Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
2: IFFoRME, Institut Français des Formateurs Risques Majeurs et protection de l’Environnement, 9 rue Jacques Louvel-Tessier, 75 010 Paris, France
3: Planète Sciences, 16, place Jacques Brel, 91130 Ris-Orangis, France
4: Agoralogie, 36 boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France
5: UPMC, Pierre and Marie Curie University, 4, place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 25 September 2017
After the Fukushima accident, initiatives emerged from the public to carry out themselves measurements of the radioactivity in the environment with various devices, among which smartphones, and to share data and experiences through collaborative tools and social networks. Such measurements have two major interests, on the one hand, to enable each individual of the public to assess his own risk regarding the radioactivity and, on the other hand, to provide “real time” data from the field at various locations, especially in the early phase of an emergency situation, which could be very useful for the emergency management.
The objective of the OPENRADIATION project is to offer to the public the opportunity to be an actor for measurements of the radioactivity in the environment using connected dosimetric applications on smartphones. The challenge is to operate such a system on a sustainable basis in peaceful time and be useful in case of emergency. In “peaceful situation”, this project is based on a collaborative approach with the aim to get complementary data to the existing ones, to consolidate the radiation background, to generate alerts in case of problem and to provide education & training and enhanced pedagogical approaches for a clear understanding of measures for the public. In case of emergency situation, data will be available “spontaneously” from the field in “real time” providing an opportunity for the emergency management and the communication with the public. …
The practical objective is i) to develop a website centralising data from various systems/dosimeters, providing dose maps with raw and filtered data and creating dedicated areas for specific initiatives and exchanges of data and ii) to develop a data acquisition protocol and a dosimetric application using a connected dosimeter with a bluetooth connection.
This project is conducted within a partnership between organisms’ representative of the scientific community and associations to create links with the public.
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