University research supports project to reduce air pollution

EarthSense, a joint venture between aerial mapping company Bluesky and the University of Leicester, is working with Oxfordshire County Council and ‘connected vehicle’ company Tantalum to gain a better understanding of the impact of road traffic on dynamic air quality.

Vehicles within Fleet Services, from Oxfordshire County Council, are to be fitted with EarthSense’s Zephyr air quality measuring sensors that will give real-time data on both vehicle emissions and the local air quality along the route.

The data collected by EarthSense will be used to optimise traffic light control and coordination in order to manage and mitigate road congestion and pollution. The data will also feed into the County’s work with Oxford City Council as it prepares for its Zero Emission Zone.

In addition to the use by Oxfordshire, data from the EarthSense Zephyr sensors will also be used to help Tantalum, working alongside University College London (ICL), refine traffic emission models within the collaborative Air.Car project. Using the IoT and Smart City technology the award winning Air.Car project will deliver the ability to drive a greater understanding of vehicle pollution, while enabling the reduction of environmental impact and vehicle operation costs. Solutions include a clean routing app for taxis as well as smart, fair and affordable enforcement schemes for local authorities such as Oxfordshire.

Tom Hall, Managing Director of EarthSense, said: “It is essential to obtain accurate measurements in order to understand and solve air quality problems. This project will demonstrate how the best available technologies, including the EarthSense Zephyr sensors and services from Air.Car, can provide solutions to drive change for improved air quality.”