EarthSense, the air quality expert, has today announced a distribution agreement with Heveco, an innovative civil engineering and geospatial consultancy based in Romania.
Heveco provides expertise in the planning, architecture, engineering and management of commercial and public sector infrastructure schemes, including a growing number of smart city projects. The partnership with EarthSense will enable Heveco to integrate air quality monitoring into its portfolio of services for urban planning, intelligent transportation, energy and utilities, and civil engineering. Heveco will offer air quality monitoring and consultancy services to government departments and local authorities as well as land developers and construction companies.
Heveco will distribute EarthSense Zephyr® monitors and leverage EarthSense’s data access web application, MyAir® to provide an air quality monitoring service for smart city projects. Partnering with EarthSense enables Heveco to collate baseline data, carry out risk assessments and provide guidance to clients about how to appropriately respond to elevated levels of air pollution such as harmful gases and particulates.
In January 2023, the European Commission (EC) called on 14 EU Member States, including Romania, to respect their reduction commitments for several air pollutants as required by Directive 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (the 'National Emission Ceilings' or 'NEC Directive'). According to the European Public Health Alliance, air pollution kills 29,000 Romanians every year, 15 times more than traffic accidents. Romania ranks seventh in the European Union for premature deaths caused by air pollution.
Costin Trafandir, Managing Director at Heveco said: “Heveco brings digital innovation to project management, infrastructure, grids and engineering so we are excited to add innovative air quality monitoring to our smart cities portfolio. We look forward to integrating air quality data with smart communications technology and established infrastructure to help cities and local municipalities embrace their important role in the health of the citizens they serve. Air pollution is a critical public health issue that needs to be addressed to build a sustainable future.”
Greg Lewis, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at EarthSense said: “As countries around the world recognise the need for granular air quality data and indicative monitoring tools, EarthSense is excited to partner with a forward-thinking company such as Heveco to allow for the effortless collation of pollution data in smart city developments. Our partnership with Heveco enables local authorities and businesses to understand air pollution levels, spikes, and trends at a high resolution and at an affordable cost without high ongoing maintenance needs.”
Heveco is offering its customers a complete air quality monitoring service, including installation, maintenance, technical support, and training about how to use Zephyr® monitors and the EarthSense MyAir® data application. Training will help its customers to understand what their measured air quality data means and Heveco will also provide a service to review air quality data for its customers who may be unfamiliar with data analysis.
Local authorities and businesses based in Romania now have the option to purchase EarthSense’s Zephyr® monitors via Heveco on annual or multiyear subscription-based plans to fit within their budgets and project timings. By implementing air quality monitoring networks, municipalities, manufacturing, and processing businesses can respond to environmental challenges, launch baseline monitoring projects, ensure compliance with local policies to minimise exposure, or reduce vehicle emissions by rerouting traffic away from emission hotspots during peak times.
Universities can purchase Zephyr® monitors from Heveco, allowing PhD and masters students to use them as part of research projects into air quality. The distribution of Zephyr® monitors in Romania will also enable local authorities and schools to deliver environmental programmes in schools to pupils about the dangers of air pollution, methods of reducing emissions and why air quality matters in a climate context.
The Zephyr® is a real time air quality monitor that takes live measurements of ambient air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitric oxide (NO), ozone (O3), hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10). Measurements are sent back to the MyAir® web application, where air quality data can be viewed, analysed, and downloaded. Used in combination with the MappAir® air quality model, users can pull various insights about areas of interest, such as pollution hotspots, peak times, and identify nearby sources contributing to elevated levels.
Heveco provides expertise in the planning, architecture, engineering and management of commercial and public sector infrastructure schemes, including a growing number of smart city projects. Find out more at: https://heveco.ro/