TECO Envboard

December 5th, 2012  |  Published in Research


The TECO Envboard is an environmental sensing platform for research and development purposes. It carries a variety of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) sensors, ranging from accelerometers over weather sensors like temperature, humidity and barometric pressure to sensors for gas concentrations and particulate matter.

The Envboard is intended to be generically suitable for various application scenarios. One of them is the mobile and fine-grained measurement of air quality and pollutants in a Participatory Urban Sensing fashion, e.g in order to identify hot spots or monitor people at risk. Standard fixed measuring methods are not suitable for such scenarios.

Another application field is research in Context and Acitvity Recognition. In the current revision, the Envboard carries sensors to detect twelve different phenomena and has footprints for another six sensors.  This makes it a versatile tool to collect data, e.g. for the investigation of higher level algorithms or for the examination of sensor characteristics.

The Envboard is operated from an integrated battery or a standard USB-micro connector supplying 5V, which is also used for recharging. It can be used in a stand-alone fashion as well as in conjunction with a host device – be it a laptop computer, an Android™ phone – to which it connects via bluetooth. At the heart of the Envboard is an ATmega 2561 microcontroller, and the board can either be controlled through two hardware buttons or its API. This allows triggering sampling of the built-in sensors, configuring the board to sample periodically and send the values via bluetooth or store them on the integrated microSD card for later readout. Furthermore, callibration coefficients can be set, sampling intervals changed.

The Envboard is currently used as tool to examine various research questions.

The TECO Envboard - A multi-sensor platform for research and development


2011 – 2012

Research Topics

Sensor Systems, Environmental Sensing


Matthias Budde (email: budde(at)teco.edu)

Selected Publications

Matthias Budde, Rayan El Masri, Till Riedel, Michael Beigl (2013) Enabling Low-Cost Particulate Matter Measurement for Participatory Sensing Scenarios, 12th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2013), pdf, doi:10.1145/2541831.2541859

Matthias Budde, Mathias Busse, Michael Beigl (2012) Investigating the Use of Commodity Dust Sensors for the Embedded Measurement of Particulate Matter, The 9th International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems (INSS 2012), p. 1-4, IEEE, pdf, doi:10.1109/INSS.2012.6240545

Matthias Budde, Matthias Berning, Mathias Busse, Takashi Miyaki, Michael Beigl (2012) Handheld Particulate Matter Measurements with COTS Sensors, The 10th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2012), pdf

Matthias Budde, Matthias Berning, Mathias Busse, Takashi Miyaki, Michael Beigl (2012) The TECO Envboard: a Mobile Sensor Platform for Accurate Urban Sensing - and More, The 9th International Conference on Networked Sensing Systems, p. 1-2, IEEE, Best Demo Nominee, pdf, doi:10.1109/INSS.2012.6240573


Project MobileDust

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