Air pollution is a major public health risk, ranking alongside cancer, heart disease and obesity and it poses the single greatest environmental risk to human health. UK Government has set out its Port Air Quality Strategy (PAQS) with the goal of protecting public health and the environment whilst maintaining growth and a vibrant sector.
The strategy introduces increasingly tighter legislation around monitoring of pollutants, motivating ports to invest in reporting and managing Air Quality.
estimated cost in health and social care by 2035 due to air pollution according to Public Health England
of the major pollutants (including NOx / SOx / particulates) attributed to shipping
potential cut in costs following Government’s Clean Air Strategy
Our Air Q ‘smart box’ solution measures air pollutants and has been tailored to the marine environment. Shipping information and local weather data is integrated into the smart box to create a picture of environmental effect of port operations.
These data snapshots help the port plan its future operations so it can minimise environmental impact locally and across the city. The smart boxes use a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) to communicate, so require no other infrastructure aside from a simple power supply to begin collecting data.
These boxes measure nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide alongside fine particle sensing for PM2.5 and PM10 sized particulate matter. The data captured can then be used to inform port operations so that air pollution can be reduced at peak times.
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