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Warsaw set to have Europe’s largest air quality monitoring coverage

On December 30, 2021 in Warsaw, representatives of the Warsaw City Hall, represented by Marcin Morawski, Director of the Air Protection and Climate Policy Bureau, and Airly Public’s representative, Michał Misiek, President of the Management Board, signed a contract for the supply of a comprehensive system for monitoring air quality in the capital.

The city system installed by Airly in the capital and neighboring municipalities will monitor air quality at 165 locations in real time 24 hours a day. The sensors will be located in each of the districts of Warsaw and in 17 partner municipalities: Halinów, Izabelin, Karczew, Konstancin-Jeziorna, Lesznowola, Milanówek, Nieporęt, Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Otwock, Piastów, Radzymin, Stare Babice, Sulejówek, Wieliszew, Wołomin, Ząbki and Zielonka. Data from sensors provided by Airly will be presented to residents via the public, free Warsaw IoT platform and in the Warsaw 19115 mobile application. The devices will monitor the concentration of the most harmful dust – PM1, PM2.5, PM10 – and gases – NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and O3 (ozone).

The devices will be purchased under the project “Virtual Warsaw Functional Area (Virtual WOF)” co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Regional Operational Program of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship for 2014-2020. The purchase will be 80% financed from EU funds.

“The construction of a network of sensors in Warsaw and the partner communes is a project highly anticipated by the inhabitants, as it gives them reliable information about the air quality in their communes. This system is also extremely important for us, local government officials, because in order to effectively manage the problem of air quality, it must first be thoroughly examined “- indicates Marcin Morawski, Director of the Air Protection and Climate Policy Office of the City of Warsaw.

“We are very proud that our company’s offer met all the bidding criteria and will provide Warsaw residents with accurate data on the quality of the air they breathe in the coming months. We are also happy and appreciate the fact that Warsaw, as the first capital in Europe, has decided to take such a pioneering and ambitious step to fight air pollution, ”says Michał Misiek, President of the Management Board of Airly Public.

Airly Public has until the end of April 2022 to complete the project. The devices will be installed in locations selected by the Warsaw University of Technology. These will be both public buildings and lighting poles by roads or in parks with an alternative power source. The system will be covered by the technical service provided by Airly Public. The contract also allows for the possibility to build on the system with 100 additional sensors in the future.

The aim of the project, apart from providing reliable information to residents about air quality, is to designate areas with increased concentrations of pollutants related to low emissions. The detailed analysis will allow effective measures and initiate organizational changes aimed at reducing air pollution in the city (e.g. by introducing the so-called “low emission zones” or better reaching the indicated areas with information about municipal subsidies for the replacement of furnaces, etc.)

In order to implement the project, in accordance with all the tender guidelines and to ensure the highest quality of measurement data, Airly Public will provide the highest-class, newest generation of air quality sensors. Airly is a company that has been monitoring air quality in 35 countries for over 5 years, providing information on air pollution to millions of people around the world.

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