I had a conversation with a environmental scientist who mentioned that they sometimes use pollution monitoring systems from well equipped HOA's in Houston; they pull information from these stations because that is the only data available in the area. Look at a map of your states air quality monitoring stations and you are guaranteed to find quite a few blind spots. If environmental agencies are already actively seeking community data, why not put a network in place to provide this support.
The Weather Underground website has utilized user sponsored data successfully. This user network allows WU to have a greater weather tracking resolution than the National Weather Service. I would like to use a similar model for tracking air quality.
I would like to create a simple IOT air monitoring station that can be installed at home and hooked up to the web to create a broad air quality monitoring network. The EPA has identified 6 contaminants that should be of concern; from the EPA website: "EPA developed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for six common air pollutants that pose serious effects to human health and the environment: carbon monoxide (CO), lead (Pb), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone (O3), airborne liquid and solid particles (known as particulate matter or PM2.5 and PM10), and sulfur dioxide (SO2)." Measuring these 6 contaminates will be the starting goal of the pollution monitoring station.
PASS will also come with a free app that may be used to analyze and share your data using your phone or tablet connected with through BLE. Additionally data will be accessable through a ESP 8266 wireless module.