The Central Bedfordshire Council did not have a platform that could inform citizens about air quality in real-time. Data about air quality was being delivered with a delay of 12 or even 24 hours. So the government decided to install 25 Airly gas sensors that collect and interpret data in real-time. This project has been delivered in cooperation with Westcotec Ltd, industry leader in Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) and other related technologies.
We analysed locations of schools in Central Bedfordshire (218 buildings) with relation to the traffic congestion levels. 83 school buildings (40% of total no of schools) in Central Bedfordshire are located within 500 metres of roads with high and very high congestion.
Thanks to the integration with other roadside technology, which allow the Central Bedfordshire council to take immediate action, council is able to reduce exposure to high levels of air pollution – for example through putting traffic diversions and reducing car congestion.
In order to minimise the impact of air pollution in Central Bedfordshire, the Council has planned initiatives which relate to data collected by Airly sensors such as:
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