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East Staffordshire to deploy air quality sensors and app

MyAir web app on laptop screen
A map from the MyAir web app
Image source: EarthSense

East Staffordshire Council has selected a technology solution from air quality specialist EarthSense to support its Air Aware project.

The local authority will use an integrated system of Zephyr air quality monitors and the MyAir web app to monitor temporal and spatial trends and any emerging pollution hotspots, and to support its public engagement on the issue.

The monitors provide real time data on ambient air pollutant, including nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, hydrogen sulphide and particulate matter. The measurements are sent to the MyAir application through which data can be viewed and analysed.

It can also be used with the MappAir air quality model to provide insights and identify sources of increased pollution.

Public portal

East Staffordshire is also planning to use MyAir to provide a public online portal to help residents understand air quality issues at a localised level.

It has a number of anti-pollution campaigns including the appointment of school travel advisers and accreditation of schools through the Modeshift STARS centre of excellence.

Craig Morris, environmental health officer with East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: "The council is committed to working with partners to ensure that Staffordshire will be a place where improved health and wellbeing is experienced by all. We are already promoting a fantastic range of initiatives to keep improving air quality, which the EarthSense sensors and web portal will help to support."

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