The signing of the protocol on the successful testing of the tests completed the pilot project “Air quality signal network” of the regional ministry of ecology and the Chelyabinsk OPK enterprise, which produces electric machines.
The plant workers have developed and created an intelligent system, the sensors of which analyze the air quality. The product was installed in the South Ural capital near the emergency hospital, where there is also a stationary facility that looks after the atmosphere in the area. Verification of their data showed that they are identical, and this exam, the developers say, proved that the novelty is ready to take over the “protection of air lines.” At the same time, it is more compact, cheaper and more mobile than the stationary complexes used today, it is easily integrated into the urban environment, becoming an element of a smart city.
When the developers came up with this system, they focused on its versatility. Outwardly, the device resembles a street lamp (this, by the way, is one of its functions), but its IQ level is much higher than that of a simple flashlight. The variability of the layout of the modules allows the system to be used for different purposes: it can conduct video surveillance of the surrounding space and analyze what it sees – track dangerous objects or people who behave suspiciously, monitor the temperature of visitors (relevant during a pandemic), and provide sound alerts to citizens. The smart “lamp” can also be installed with an SOS call button, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a phone charger, and even a recharger for electric vehicles. And, of course, environmental blocks.
– Eco-monitoring is very relevant for industrial cities, and the Chelyabinsk Region has been included in the Clean Air program of the Ecology national project since 2017. Therefore, following a social request, we have created a mobile complex that has no analogues in terms of functionality and layout, – said Leonid Zelepukhin, director for strategic and innovative development of the developer company.
Sergey Wittenberg, deputy general director of the enterprise for the development of civilian products, clarifies: the system is customized for specific needs. It is capable of transmitting data from sensors to a mobile application to form a general pollution map, notify the population about the environmental situation in real time, and, when installed in an industrial zone, recommend pollutants to reduce emissions.
The plant workers, together with the management of the Center for Environmental Monitoring, on the basis of which the tests were carried out, demonstrated the capabilities of the product in May in Moscow at the technological forum “Environmental Monitoring of Emissions”, presented to experts and managers of different levels. The participants in these meetings noted that the experience gained in Chelyabinsk can be applied in other regions as well.
– The project of creating a three-level hybrid network for atmospheric air monitoring involves not only collecting data from observation posts, but also analyzing them using several calculation methods, – says Vladislav Korobkin, head of the Center for Environmental Monitoring of the Chelyabinsk Region.
A mobile system can realize its potential on several levels, experts emphasize. The first is local, when research takes place within a separate natural object or industrial site. The territorial level implies observations within the region, region, district. And the third – on a national scale. Air quality is determined according to the international AQI scale and includes the detection of such hazardous substances as carbon and nitrogen oxides, nitrogen dioxides, sulfur, ammonia, formaldehyde and others.