Air pollution monitoring uses stationary or mobile IoT-enabled sensors to map and monitor the air quality in large geographical areas – enabling cities to better regulate air pollution and make more informed decisions.
According to the World Health Organization, 90 percent of the global population breathes harmful air, leading to 7 million deaths per year. While cities can regulate emissions and encourage the population to utilize more environmentally-friendly alternatives, the cost-prohibitive nature of existing solutions makes it difficult to see if those efforts are actually making a difference.
Smart city air pollution monitoring solutions offer a more cost-effective and complete way for cities to measure and track changes in air quality.
Air monitoring solutions utilize stationary sensors, installed into smart street lights, for example; mobile sensors, like those that might be attached to cars or bicycles; or anonymized cell phone data, which provides data on the air quality an average city-dweller might encounter throughout the day.
Key Benefits of IoT-Enabled Air Pollution Monitoring
- Better inform and monitor the impact of regulations to control air quality.
- Plan the placement of vulnerable facilities like hospitals and schools to reduce asthma in children and improve the outcome of sick patients.
- Empower city residents to make more informed decisions to limit their exposure to harmful air pollution.