Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Air quality expert EarthSense wins grant to develop innovative new air quality services.
EarthSense, the air quality expert, today announced it has secured funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to deliver a partnership air quality project focussed on management of both pollution emissions and exposure.
Called LiVETAP (Live Visualisation of Emissions – Towards Informed Avoidance of Pollution Hotspots), the project brings together EarthSense with two partner universities and Wolverhampton City Council to deliver an advanced demonstrator.
The project will create novel air quality apps and a web portal for local authorities and the general public. These services will provide air quality forecasts to guide decisions on traffic management and routing in polluted environments.
The services will be developed on EarthSense’s leading air quality datasets which take into account traffic pollution sources, weather conditions and government pollution monitoring sites, where they exist.
It will also use real-time data from air quality sensors including the EarthSense Zephyr® installed around Wolverhampton, which will record levels of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
For the first time, the services will enable users in Wolverhampton to see both live and forecast pollution data for city centre streets and school-run routes.
EarthSense Managing Director, Tom Hall commented: “Using the information from the app, users can choose to avoid certain high pollution areas, reducing the amount of emissions inhaled, and hopefully divert traffic away from those areas, thereby reducing the levels of pollution – a positive result for everyone.”
EarthSense Head of Operations, Andy Bewsher says: “This funding will enable us to deliver a valuable project which has the potential to have a positive impact on people’s health and the environment. Local authorities can use the future emission levels data to inform eco-planning policies.”
Following the trial in Wolverhampton, future plans include making the app and online portal available for all local authorities across England.