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Kakinada tackles air and noise pollution

Kerlink’s LoRaWAN Wirnet stations provide the gateway for the environmental-monitoring solution

The Oizom Polludrone real-time pollution-monitoring station
The Oizom Polludrone real-time pollution-monitoring station

Kakinada, India, has embarked on a smart city project to monitor both air and noise pollution and other environmental hazards in partnership with Kerlink, an Internet of Things solutions provider, and Oizom.


Kerlink’s Wirnet stations are being used to power Oizom’s comprehensive, ambient air-quality monitoring system, Polludrone, in the city.


Real-time pollution monitoring


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


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.

“Infrastructure costs and reliability are key factors to consider in network roll-outs of this scope”

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.


“Infrastructure costs and reliability are key factors to consider in network rollouts of this scope,” said Jainam Mehta, chief marketing officer, Oizom. “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.”


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.


“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,” added Stéphane Dejean, chief marketing officer, Kerlink.


“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.”


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