Updated: May 2
Traffic Technology Today shared a new article that illustrates how in the London Borough of Camden they will install a new network of air quality sensors. The main purpose of this initiative is to improve public health and wellbeing by transforming the way they monitor and manage air pollution.
250 advanced AirNode air quality sensors will be installed across the Borough. This initiative will be in partnership with the Camden Council and The Camden Clean Air Initiative (air pollution action group).
“The network will provide at least 100x more spatial resolution and refresh 60x more regularly than the network of existing air quality reference stations in Camden, capturing and reporting hyper-local air quality data every minute to map the issue in real time. The data will contribute to impactful decision making for all stakeholders interested in improving air quality in the Borough, from councils, individuals and communities to schools, offices, hospitals, retail and hospitality businesses”.
The network of sensors will generate data that can be used in multiple ways, for example:
“Enabling the public to map less polluted routes from A-to-B”.
“Feeding into local traffic management policy and providing NHS Trusts and schools with information to help raise awareness of air pollution and protect vulnerable communities”.
AirNodesensor devices have been strategically designed and placed to cover data from the entire borough of Candem,pecifically, areas that are vulnerable to air pollution such as schools, healthcare facilities, busy intersections and transport hubs.
“Each device will measure a wide range of air pollutants including airborne particulate matter and toxic gases (nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone (O3)), as well as temperature and humidity, giving the full picture of air quality in an area. Devices will be optimally spaced to identify and differentiate between different sources of pollution, including whether they are localised sources such as road traffic and wood-burning, or regional sources such as industry. The devices will be installed on lampposts, buildings and other suitable infrastructure and take measurements every minute enabling detection of the smallest of changes”.
Measuring and monitoring air quality in cities can have a significant impact on the communities' wellbeing and health. Air pollution is a worldwide concern that it is not going to disappear in the coming years. Technology can be a way to start taking proper measurements to track how air quality is changing over time and aid communities in improving it.
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