Pinpointing Air Pollution
Airscan Air Quality Monitoring solution is a new low-cost sensor technology and data analytics platform that can identify areas of poor air quality in real-time and provide a more complete picture of the air that we are breathing.
Pinpointing air pollution where people live, work and play can inform tailored interventions, more effective policies and ultimately lead to cleaner air.
Airscan is an out of the box solution for urban air quality monitoring with networks already deployed in the UK, Europe and USA.
Easy to deploy and install
Airscan is easy to deploy and can be installed on any existing street furniture or building. It can also be used in ‘pop-up’ installations and powered using solar and batteries.
Multitude of connection options
Airscan has onboard power regulators to connect to any power source. It also comes with many backhaul communication options including cellular 2G/3G/4G/5G, NB-IOT, LoRaWan, Ethernet, WiFi and Sigfox.
Combine Sensors for a wide range solution
Combine Airscan Traffic sensors with Airscan Air Quality sensors for a full 360 degree solution to identify pollution and traffic congestion.
Urban Towns and Cities
Urban air quality differs from rural air quality as there are more concentrated sources and with dense road networks and high buildings, the ability for the pollutants in the air to be dispersed are limited. Pollution from engines, small bits of metal and rubber from engine wear and braking as well as dust from road surfaces, can settle deep in the lungs and cause severe health problems.
Eastleigh Borough Council
Eastleigh Borough Council partnered with Airscan to build a network that will enable the Council’s Environmental team to collect data from multiple locations and assess the impact that traffic congestion is having on the air residents breathe. The network will complement the static air quality monitoring stations it already has in place. The project aims to raise awareness of air pollution in the Borough and how residents and businesses can do their bit to cut emissions.
The Airscan team worked alongside SSE to install the units onto existing street lamps, to provide power, in a number of locations throughout the Borough. Real-time data is backhauled to the Airscan cloud servers using M2M 4G data sims.
Hertfordshire County Council
Hertfordshire CC partnered with Airscan to monitor a busy stretch of road in Potters Bar, where existing CCTV and ANPR was no longer in use. This enabled the council to get real-time information of the traffic flow and air quality along the A1000 24/7.
The Airscan team worked alongside Ringway to install the units onto existing street lamps that provided power.
The air quality impacts of driving are already widely discussed and understood, but vehicles aren’t the only source of air pollution. Constructing buildings, roads and other infrastructure can have a substantial, temporary impact on local air quality. The most common impacts are increased particulate matter (PM) concentrations and dust. Monitoring needs to be carried out during demolition and construction to ensure that the applied measures are effective in controlling the pollution in order to limit the impact on the surrounding environment.
Airscan is a low-cost continuous PM monitor that uses laser scattering technology. It can easily be deployed on construction sites and provides real-time monitoring on effectiveness of mitigation measures. When identifying periods of unexpectedly high levels of dust alerts can be issued to signal workers to wear masks. It requires minimal routine servicing and maintenance.
Over the years there has been a decline in the amount of commuting trips made by cars and a 50% increase in commuters using trains (2002 to 2017). Whilst this is a much more greener form of transport even have air pollution problems.
High levels of pollution are recorded in train stations and this is primarily due to emissions from diesel trains and other rail-related sources such as rail and wheel wear and pollution from sources such as the many cafes and food outlets inside stations.
Airscan is a low cost continuous air quality solution that records pollution levels of NO2, PM, SO2, CO, CO2, O3, heat and humidity and VOCs. Monitoring air quality significantly reduces the risks to staff members and passengers.
Ultra Light Rail Casestudy
In July 2020, Ultra Light Rail Partners launched the UK’s first biomethane-powered railcar at Motorail’s Long Marston test facility. ULR partnered with Airscan to monitor pollution levels created at the test facility and record real-time results.