Outdoor advertising company JCDecaux has partnered with Microsoft Research’s Urban Innovation Group and the Array of Things team to launch an air quality sensor pilot in Chicago.
For the Chicago programme, JCDecaux installed 100 air quality sensors on its bus shelters for precise monitoring of air quality across the city and facilitate adapted environmental measures.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 91 per cent of the world’s population live in places where air quality exceeds guideline limits. Air pollution is a major concern for cities, given its consequences for human health and the environment. It is critical for urban areas to assess air quality on a real-time basis to be able to formulate policies to address these challenges.
By using environmental sensors, cities can radically increase the geographic granularity of environmental sensing in support of creating solutions to improve everyday air quality in the urban environment for a variety of public health scenarios.
“Our goal is to help inform and engage residents and the city so that they can take targeted steps to mitigate issues with poor air quality, especially in areas most in need”
With these environmental sensors, Chicago will be able to collect precise data and fine tune its approach to improving air quality and the quality of life of its inhabitants.
“We’re excited to partner with JCDecaux to enable neighbourhood scale air quality monitoring in Chicago. Together, our goal is to help inform and engage residents and the city so that they can take targeted steps to mitigate issues with poor air quality, especially in areas most in need,” Scott Counts, senior principal research manager at Microsoft Research, Urban Innovation Group.
“Leveraging the bus shelter network allows us to place air quality monitors at representative locations around the city and with a high density of coverage.”