Air Quality Monitoring in London

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Air Quality Monitoring in London
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Air Pollution Monitoring Station
Team Organizations London Greenwich Borough (City Council and Digital Greenwich)
GSMA (Association of Mobile Operators)
Everimpact (Solution/Service Provider)
Ordnance Survey (UK Mapping Agency)
Telefonica (Telco)
NEC (Service Provider)
Urban Clouds (Service Provider)
Team Leaders Mathieu Carlier
Participating Municipalities Greenwich UK
Status Launched
Document None


Key Deliverables

  • IoT platform that measures air pollutants and greenhouse gases in London, in real-time, by combining ground sensors and satellites’ data
  • Real-Time monitoring and mapping of air pollution in London
  • Monetizing reductions of Carbon Emissions to generate revenues and/or debt financing for the London Greenwich’s Borough


  • Cities lack the tools to monitor accurately air pollution, and do not leverage revenues or financing that can be drawn from carbon offsetting
  • The project will deploy and capture data from sensors positioned in the city of London (fixed and mobile sensors on bicycles and vehicles), and combine it with satellite data, in order to map precisely air pollution. The project will also test the generation of revenues from offsetting CO2 emissions from a London Tube Power Station.



Major Requirements

  • Create scope and requirements, project plan
  • Develop system architecture
  • Roll out pilot in London (Greenwich Borough)
  • Run pilot for 1 year (April 2017- April 2018)
  • Build application/demo for showcases

Performance Targets

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Measurement Methods
  • Air Pollution levels identified
  • Cost savings vs existing monitoring solutions
  • Carbon Offsets’ amount monetized
  • Measurement of air pollution in ppm over 6-12 month period, compared to baseline
  • Amount of money that can be saved by using new monitoring systems
  • Amount of money that can be generate on carbon markets

Standards, Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability

  • Establish and standardize the most accurate air pollution data measurement methodology
  • Standardization of data protocols among smart cities by using the NGSI standard (FIWARE Open Source)
  • The developed standards, methodology, and processes are not unique to 1 city or region and can be replicated and scaled up in multiple cities/communities. The solution is being replicated in Paris, France and has already been chosen to monitor air pollution in 100 cities/projects worldwide by US Foundation R20.
  • The system will have its own business model to create sustainable revenue streams.

Cybersecurity and Privacy



  • Cleaner Air
  • Improved Mapping
  • Revenues from Air Pollution
  • New products
  • Quality of Life improved for citizens


Real-time working application showing air pollution of London city on a map.