Urban air quality monitoring at Kars, Turkey - Case Study
Kars Smart City monitored the urban air quality and environmental health by installing Oizom Polludrone – Online Pollution Monitoring System. In addition to Air Quality monitoring, the Polludrone also monitored the city’s urban weather conditions like temperature and humidity. The real-time data was dispersed to the mass audience through visual messaging displays for suggestive actions.
Kars is a city located on a high plateau in the northeast Turkey. One of the most important aspect of any smart city is its clean and healthy environment. Accurate air quality monitoring is crucial to achieve that. Kars has extremely low temperature. It reaches to as low as -20 ºC in winter months. Such extreme conditions introduce peculiar challenges to air quality monitoring. Monitoring of various urban air quality parameters is very difficult in such ambient environmental conditions. Most monitors struggle to provide accurate measurement of air quality. In order to collect reliable and actionable air quality data, it is very much important to invest in accurate monitoring device capable of providing high-quality data even in harsh environments.
Oizom deployed its device – Polludrone – to measure the concentration of various air pollutants in Kars City. Polludrone accurately measured particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) as well as gaseous pollutants like SO2, NO2, CO, CO2, and O3. In addition to air pollutants, various environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, noise, light intensity, UV radiation, rain etc. were also measured. To understand how the device performs under harsh environmental conditions of Kars, the monitor was deployed there in winter months. Oizom’s devices worked exceptionally well even at the subfreezing temperatures of -20 ºC. It accurately measured gaseous pollutants, particulate matter as well as all the parameters of the ambient environment. As a result, it provided the authorities of Kars Smart City a complete understanding of the city’s atmospheric conditions even during the harshest winter months. The real-time data measured by the device is analysed over the cloud, which provides actionable insights to authorities.
Installing Polludrone enabled authorities to understand the environmental health of Kars Smart City which was hitherto not possible in winter months. Reliable and accurate data availability enables authorities to take data-driven action to develop pollution mitigation strategies. The real-time urban air quality data monitoring also helps citizen by taking precautionary to reduce their exposure to pollution.