According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ “2018 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects”, almost 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050. This seismic shift is driving Smart City initiatives globally, with governments and local authorities coming under increasing legislative pressure to better monitor air quality and to deploy, and actively manage, ‘clean air zones’ across our cities. ‘The Independent’ reported that 44% of UK councils do not have fit-for-purpose air and pollution monitoring capabilities and, with a more stringent government Air Quality Plan about to come into force, councils face significant fines if they are not compliant.
Vortex IoT’s Steve Jones joined us in Dundee last month for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2019, and delivered a thought-provoking view on the importance of the ‘Air that We Breathe’. Steve explained how emerging technologies and innovation will contribute to our ever-changing societal needs and how developing a new Hyper-Local Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) solution can provide revenue-generating opportunities for local authorities and play a key role in the creation of new urban business models that are essential as the shape of our towns and cities changes over time.
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We look forward to Vortex IoT’s next presentation at EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2H 2019, which we’re hosting at The Bond, Birmingham, on Thursday November 14th!