Infrared Street View: A Large-Scale Survey of the Thermal Envelopes of Our Dwellings through Citizen Science

IFI is developing technologies to support a citizen science program to crowdsource a thermal equivalent of Google's Street View. Instead of showing the streets in visible light, the Infrared Street View shows them in thermal infrared light, creating pictures of the energy landscapes of our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. The project aims to promote people's awareness of energy usage and efficiency in the wake of climate change.

Web-based version

The Web-based version allows users to explore the Infrared Street View from any browser.


Markers of infrared vantage points in Google Maps


Markers of infrared vantage points in Google Street View


Navigation arrows to adjacent vantage points in Infrared Street View


Quincy Market in Boston


Reflecting Pool at the Christian Science Plaza in Boston

Smartphone-based version

The smartphone version of the Infrared Street View version is implemented in a different way:


The Android version of the Infrared Street View

The following images compare the Google Street View and the Infrared Street View on the phone:


Comparing Google Street View and Infrared Street View

Links

Infrared Street View
Infrared Panorama Samples
Boston Infrared Panorama

Download

Infrared Explorer for Android

Activities

Remote Thermography
Scavenger Hunt for Energy Leaks
Discover Urban Heat Islands

Acknowledgement

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number #2054079. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material, however, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.