BT digital street hubs bring real-time air quality data for councils

Real-time air pollution is now being measured in Bradford and Birmingham using high-tech digital hubs from BT.

Birmingham has become one of the first cities in the UK to use InLink sensors to measure air quality

The cities have become the first in the country to deploy the new air quality measuring function alongside a range of other digital services on the InLinkUK digital ‘hubs’.

Developed by BT, the InLinkUK digital ‘hubs’ replace traditional payphones, providing a range of including free ultrafast Wi-Fi, free phone calls, free mobile device charge, community news and easy access to the emergency services.

The InLink units now offer an air quality measuring function that makes use of the InLinkUK digital ‘hubs’ modular sensors to collect air quality data and send it over the InLinks’ ultrafast integrated WiFi, enabling councils to monitor air pollution in the area.

The units have been initially introduced in Birmingham and Bradford, where the air quality data is being made available for analysis by Bradford Council and a group of researchers and scientists in Birmingham, led by the University of Birmingham, to help monitor air pollution in the area.

The data will complement results from other air quality monitoring equipment used in the WM-Air – West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme – project/

Professor William Bloss of the University of Birmingham, who leads the WM-Air project, said: “There is a pressing need for more detailed measurements across cities such as Birmingham to deliver clean air science. It’s important for us to understand the levels of air pollution in the city as it can have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of people who live and work here.

“We are exploring use of the new BT sensors alongside a number of initiatives we already have in place to measure air pollution and improve air quality.”

The air quality measuring features are also being made available to other councils over the coming months.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.