Smart-City project for air pollution monitoring system in India

23rd November 2018
Alex Lynn

In a smart-city project to help the city of Kakinada, India, to monitor both air-and-noise pollution and other environmental hazards, Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the IoT, and Oizom, an environmental-monitoring-system provider, have announced that Kerlink’s Wirnet Stations are powering Oizom’s comprehensive, ambient air-quality monitoring system, Polludrone, in that city.

Environmental monitoring, including noting harmful noise levels in urban environments, is a key smart-city use case and capability brought by Internet of Things (IoT) networks in cities around the world. The European Commission has included both air pollution and noise levels as serious health concerns for EU citizens. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently reported that nearly all cities in low- and middle-income countries of more than 100,000 people, and nearly half similarly sized cities in high-income countries, do not meet WHO air-quality guidelines.

Polludrone is a real-time, pollution-monitoring solution that leverages LoRaWAN private networks to monitor particulate concentration, industrial emissions, air-borne toxic gases and odors, as well as traffic, weather conditions and noise.

“Kerlink’s LoRaWAN Wirnet stations are powering public and private IoT networks in cities around the world because of their flexibility and superb performance in challenging conditions,” said Stéphane Dejean, Kerlink’s Chief Marketing Officer. “They are the ideal gateway for Polludrone’s extensive environmental-monitoring solution, which requires robust and reliable outdoor stations that can handle high numbers of end devices and manage millions of bi-directional messages every day.”

Oizom and its local partner, Sterlite Tech, recently deployed Polludrone, including Wirnet stations, across Kakinada, a city of more 370,000 people where industrial growth, increased traffic and other factors are creating challenging air-quality conditions.

Jainam Mehta, Oizom’s Chief Marketing Officer, added: “Infrastructure costs and reliability are key factors to consider in network rollouts of this scope. We chose LoRa technology and Kerlink gateways for the deployment, because they enable energy-efficient, performant and long-range data communication that supports the most advanced IoT environmental sensors for successful and robust deployments.”

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