Environmental Sensors: A Priority for Smart Cities

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By Dominique Bonte | 3Q 2018 | IN-5233

 

Relevance of Air Quality Measurements in Urban Contexts

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Environmental sensors are fast becoming a key component of smart cities’ infrastructure as concerns about the impact of various forms of air pollution on citizens’ health increase. Air quality was retained as a key implementation criterion in ABI Research’s recently published Smart City Ranking. It cost cities such as Dubai and Beijing important points in the overall score.

Dubai’s Air Quality Monitoring Network (AAQM) continuously monitors critical pollutants such as Carbon Monoxide (CO), Particulate Matter (PM10/PM25), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), and Ozone (O3), and results are evaluated based on air quality standards and objectives. Air pollution caused by particles smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter is often referred to as fine dust and represents an acute health hazard.

The more widespread the collection of air quality data, the more it increasingly unveils pollution levels that are frequently exceeding internationally agreed-upon thresholds. One of the main—though not only&m…

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