Municipalities are buried in suggestions and complaints about air quality. They seek balance to accommodate concerned citizens and a progressive economy. That is impossible with one or two air quality stations in a city. Is it possible to pinpoint the main reason for air pollution without moving around existing or buying new air quality stations?


Raising awareness on air quality

With the rise of awareness on the importance of quality of air in urban areas come also problems. Nowadays citizens want to better understand the surrounding environment and actively engage in its improvement. There are now more cities with national stations that monitor air quality. That includes one or two stations per city. Just enough to raise suspicion and lead to false conclusions.


Concerned citizen

The perspective of a citizen is that low air quality comes from sources obvious to the naked eye. Bustling traffic, a nearby factory, and small business in the neighborhood. These observations are repeatedly reported to municipalities by concerned citizens.

Overwhelmed municipality

On the other hand, municipalities find themselves buried in suggestions and complaints from various stakeholders. They are obliged to ensure a sustainable environment for citizens as well as the local economy.


Monitoring air quality

Municipalities try to ensure a quality environment for citizens by monitoring air quality in multiple locations. However, that is not an easy job. This requires moving around mobile air quality stations or buying new, expensive monitoring stations.

Creative municipality

Monitoring air quality next to the busy street shows that traffic is not the main reason for low air quality. Due to the lack of comparable measurements, there is really difficult for municipalities to conclude the reasons. To overcome that municipalities came up with a new concept – a hybrid monitoring system. To increase the spatial granularity of monitoring systems, municipalities merge IoT sensors and existing monitoring stations.

Finding the reason

The results showed that the main pollutants are small wood-burning furnaces in households. The better spatial granularity of pollution sources helped them to start targeted campaigns for energy renovation of houses and heating systems.


Happy and supportive citizens

The success of the project is threefold. Citizens received better insights into the quality of their environment. They engaged in local communities to find the reason for pollution, and the city’s overall air quality has improved. Creative municipalities using this approach are endorsed by their citizens and can realize new projects much easier.

An experienced IoT partner with extensive knowledge of air quality can help successfully build and maintain a hybrid air quality monitoring system in your municipality.






  • How does the hybrid monitoring system using IoT sensors and existing monitoring stations effectively pinpoint the main sources of air pollution in comparison to traditional methods?

The hybrid monitoring system utilizes IoT sensors along with existing monitoring stations to provide a more detailed and spatially granular understanding of air quality. Municipalities can accurately identify pollution hotspots and sources by combining data from multiple sources, including stationary monitoring stations and mobile IoT sensors placed strategically throughout the city. This approach allows for a comprehensive analysis of air quality patterns, enabling authorities to pinpoint the main contributors to pollution more effectively.


  • Are there any limitations or challenges associated with implementing and maintaining a hybrid air quality monitoring system, particularly in terms of cost, reliability, or data accuracy?

Implementing and maintaining a hybrid air quality monitoring system does come with certain challenges and considerations. One of the primary concerns is the initial cost of deploying IoT sensors and integrating them with existing monitoring infrastructure. Additionally, ensuring the reliability and accuracy of data collected from IoT sensors is crucial for making informed decisions. Regular maintenance and calibration of sensors are necessary to maintain data quality over time. Moreover, data management and analysis can be complex, requiring expertise in handling large datasets and interpreting results accurately. Senzemo, as an experienced IoT partner, addresses these challenges by providing comprehensive solutions tailored to the specific needs of municipalities, including system design, sensor deployment, data management, and ongoing support.


  • What specific strategies or initiatives did municipalities undertake to engage citizens in identifying and addressing air pollution sources beyond simply deploying monitoring systems?

Beyond deploying monitoring systems, municipalities employ various strategies to engage citizens in identifying and addressing air pollution sources. This may include community outreach programs, educational campaigns, and citizen science initiatives. By involving residents in the process of monitoring and understanding air quality, municipalities foster a sense of ownership and responsibility among citizens. Additionally, collaborative efforts between local government, community organizations, and residents enable the development of targeted interventions to tackle pollution sources effectively. Senzemo supports municipalities in these efforts by offering tools and expertise to facilitate community engagement and empower citizens to contribute to improving air quality in their neighborhoods.