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New sensors monitor Warsaw air

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The installation of sensors has been completed, thanks to which every resident of Warsaw can check the current air quality in the capital and in neighbouring communes. More than 160 devices have been installed, which makes the resulting monitoring network one of the largest in Europe.

Warsaw systematically deals with the problem of air pollution. It is also important to reliably inform residents about the current state of its quality. That is why 164 sensors installed by Airly Public have just been added to the existing measuring stations. As many as 108 devices appeared in the capital's districts, the rest were installed in 17 neighbouring communes.

In Warsaw, the largest number of new sensors – exactly half of them – were installed at educational institutions. The other sensors appeared, among others, at selected district offices and traffic routes, at the Forest and Nature Education Centre at Rydzowa Street and at the "Na Paluchu" Shelter. All devices will inform about the current air quality in the city.

Health and the quality of life of the residents are a number one priority for us. That is why we are committed to improve air quality. In order to better understand the sources of pollution and protect residents, we are developing a Warsaw air monitoring system. We have already launched 2 precise stations – in Praga and Śródmieście districts. Now we are adding a dense network of small sensors to the system. Together with 17 partner communes, we are building one of the largest systems in Europe. A clean environment means better living conditions for all Varsovians – says Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of the capital city of Warsaw.

Data from all existing reference stations and over 160 new sensors can already be checked on the Warsaw IoT platform and in the Warsaw 19115 mobile application.

Professional air quality monitoring system

The sensors measure pollution with particulate matter PM10, PM2.5, as well as – which is a novelty – PM1, i.e. particulate matter whose diameter does not exceed 1 micrometre. Moreover, all sensors measure nitrogen dioxide pollution, and some devices located away from the streets, additionally measure ozone pollution.

Not only Warsaw

Thanks to the new devices, air quality can also be checked in 17 neighbouring communes: Halinów, Izabelin, Karczew, Konstancin-Jeziorna, Lesznowola, Milanówek, Nieporęt, Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Otwock, Piastów, Radzymin, Stare Babice, Sulejówek, Wieliszewo, Wołomin, Ząbki and Zielonka.

The devices were purchased as part of the "Virtual Warsaw Functional Area (Virtual WOF)" project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Programme of the Mazovia Province for the years 2014-2020. The purchase was financed in 80% from EU funds.

Warsaw is focusing on IoT

IoT, that is Internet of Things devices are one of the leading trends of modern cities. Sensors placed in the city space that monitor the parameters of the environment and urban infrastructure together with advanced IT systems are a source of reliable data – obtained automatically in near real time. They are used not only by municipal services, but also by the creators of applications that accompany residents on a daily basis, e.g. by facilitating getting around the city. A set of 164 new air quality sensors is a powerful stream of data ready to be used by innovators or startups. Warsaw's open data is successively made available on the api.um.warszawa.pl platform.