Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC)

Breathe London wins Smart 50 Award

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The Breathe London project has won a Smart 50 Award from Smart Cities Connect, in the Digital Transformation category. These annual awards recognize global smart cities projects, honouring the most innovative and influential work.

In the project Google Earth Outreach have equipped two of their iconic Street View cars with air quality sensors. These have taken pollution readings approximately every 30 metres whilst they travelled through London's streets over one year. Meanwhile, 100 state-of-the-art fixed sensor pods have been mounted on lampposts and buildings across London.

CERC's renowned ADMS-Urban model is being used together with the sensor data to generate hyper-local air quality mapping both for nowcasts and forecasts, and to deliver new insight into the sources of pollution. The data generated by this new network is available for the public to view on an interactive online map built by CERC on the Breathe London website. The map shows Londoners the condition of the air they are currently breathing.

The project consortium is led by the Environmental Defense Fund, and includes CERC, ACOEM Air Monitors, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory and Google Earth Outreach. The Breathe London award will be presented at the 2020 Smart 50 Awards Gala, which takes place during April in Denver, Colorado.

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