An air quality monitoring programme using smart sensors on buildings and delivery vans has been launched to track Dublin’s air quality in real-time.
Parcel-delivery company DPD Ireland has partnered with Pollutrack to install air quality sensors on 22 buildings and 102 vehicles in the Republic of Ireland capital. They are working closely with universities and Dublin City Council, and have installed sensors in libraries, DPD depots, universities, schools, and a fire station.
The information will be shared for free with leading universities, local authorities, the Asthma Society of Ireland, and the public, as part of a new sustainability initiative by the company to support awareness around Dublin’s air quality.
“If we put the right information in the right hands, we hope to make a positive influence on people’s lives in Dublin. Our vans are gathering incredible data about Dublin’s air quality, which we will give to universities and city authorities. It is our gift to Dublin, because information inspires action,” said Des Travers, chief executive, DPD Ireland.
The laser sensors capture particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels in real time at breathing level, and transmit the data every 12 seconds via GSM to a database developed by air quality monitoring company, Pollutrack. PM2.5 is generated, in particular, by the burning of fossil fuels and can be harmful if it enters the lungs or blood stream, especially for people with asthma.
“If we put the right information in the right hands, we hope to make a positive influence on people’s lives in Dublin. Our vans are gathering incredible data about Dublin’s air quality, which we will give to universities and city authorities”
The data produces air quality maps and hotspots – areas which detect higher than average PM2.5 levels most of the time.
DPD Ireland is working in liaison with Dublin City Council and the Environmental Protection Agency on the project. Dublin City Council has supported the installation of sensors at multiple sites including libraries, a bring centre and a fire station.