Warsaw to get Europe’s largest network of air-quality sensors
Warsaw is to receive Europe’s largest network of sensors for air-quality monitoring after a deal signed between the capital’s city hall and Kraków air-quality analysis company Airly.
Signed on the 30th of December 2021, the deal will see sensors located in each of Warsaw’s districts and 17 partnering municipalities with air quality being monitored in a total of 165 individual locations in real time and 24 hours a day.
The devices will monitor the saturations of the most dangerous particles, PM1, PM2.5, PM10 as well as gases nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3) and the data will be presented to residents by a publicly accessible and free webpage iot.warszawa.pl as well as mobile app Warszawa 19115.
The devices will be located at points designated by the Warsaw University of Technology. They will be both public service buildings as well as lampposts near roads and parks. The deal also foresees the future possibility of expanding the network by a further 100 sensors.
Apart from providing reliable information to residents about air quality, the aim of the project is also to highlight the areas with higher saturations of pollutants.
Analysis of these areas will make it possible to take effective actions and initiate organisational changes aimed at limiting city air pollution , such as through the introduction of ‘low emission zones’ or better targeting of actions such as information about subsidies for the replacement of fireplaces.
Marcin Morawski, director of the Office for Air Protection and Climate Policy at Warsaw City Hall said: “The building of a network of sensors in Warsaw and partnering municipalities is a highly anticipated project by residents as it gives them reliable information about the air quality in their municipality.
“The system is also incredibly important for us, self-governments, because in order to successfully manage problems with air quality, it first needs to be well analysed.”
Michał Misiek, co-founder of Airly and president of the Airly Public board said: “We are very proud that our company’s offer fulfils all the competition criteria and in the upcoming months we will provide the inhabitants of Warsaw with accurate data about the quality of air they are breathing.
“We are also happy and appreciate the fact that Warsaw, as the first capital in Europe, has decided to take such a pioneering and ambitious step towards the fight with air pollution.”
Founded in 2016, Airly has been working on the analysis of the air in 35 countries around the world.
The company has until April 2022 to realise the sensor network in Warsaw, when it will be ready for use by the public.