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Vehicles map air quality block-by-block in Brooklyn

Aclima has deployed its mobile sensing fleet throughout Downtown Brooklyn to collect representative air sample measurements with its platform – day and night, weekdays and weekends.

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Aclima sensing vehicle that analyses air quality in Brooklyn block-by-block
Aclima sensing vehicle that analyses air quality in Brooklyn block-by-block

Mobile sensing technology is being used to generate and analyse millions of air pollution and greenhouse gas measurements block-by-block in Brooklyn.

 

Environmental company Aclima has deployed its mobile sensing fleet throughout Downtown Brooklyn and nearby potential environmental justice areas (low income and minority communities experiencing disproportionate environmental impacts) including portions of Clinton Hill, Gowanus, Red Hook, and Sunset Park.

 

Air pollution exposure

 

Writing in a blog post on Medium, Davida Herzl, co-founder and CEO of Aclima, points out that air pollution exposure is not uniform. Research Aclima conducted in collaboration with the EPA, EPRI, and Envair showed that air pollution can vary by as much as eight times from one block to the next.

 

Understanding the localised impacts of emissions is, therefore, critical for protecting public health. In 2014, the World Health Organisation estimated that about seven million people die prematurely annually as a result of exposure to air pollution, and long-term exposure to relatively small amounts can impact every organ in the human body through every phase of life.

As the cars drive through city streets, air samples pass through a specially designed intake and are then routed to the device for initial analysis

“By measuring air pollution and greenhouse gases block by block throughout downtown Brooklyn, as well as adjacent potential environmental justice areas, we’ll be able to provide key insights into the three-month average of emissions and exposures at the street-level,” said Herzl.

Aclima upfits low or no emissions vehicles with its mobile sensing devices
Aclima upfits low or no emissions vehicles with its mobile sensing devices

Each week, she notes, Aclima sends billions of new air quality data points to its cloud-based software, Aclima Pro, for use by governments, communities, and businesses to inform actions that help reduce emissions and their impacts.

 

To deploy its mobile sensing network, Aclima engineers and technicians upfit low or no emissions vehicles with Aclima’s sensing devices. As the cars drive through city streets, air samples pass through a specially designed intake and are then routed to the device for initial analysis. A combination of sensors and communications components geotag the air quality data points and continuously stream these hyperlocal measurements to the cloud.

 

Aclima has hired sensing network operators from the community who are gathering representative measurements with its mobile platform – day and night, weekdays and weekends.

 

In addition, Aclima also announced it has joined Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s (DBP) Living Lab initiative, along with the NYU Centre for Urban Science and Progress and Walkspan.

 

DBP’s Living Lab is focused on implementing smart cities technologies to solve urban challenges, and DBP is a key supporting partner in Newlab’s Circular City Studio, which enables companies to pilot transformative technology throughout New York City to solve pressing challenges.

 

Results from Aclima’s initial hyperlocal measurement campaign in New York will be shared publicly later this year at a showcase as part of the Circular City Studio.

 

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