Table of contents:
- Identify and remedy causes of air pollution
- IoT monitoring enables air pollution to be measured live
Video: How Sensors Could Improve Air Quality At The Port Of Hamburg
The port management of the Port of Hamburg - the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) - started an IoT pilot project in March 2016. The aim was to be able to record the sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and fine dust emissions at various points in the port of Hamburg using sensors. The technical management of the project was taken over by the IoT specialist Kii in partnership with Aqmesh, manufacturer of air quality measuring devices. Emission values were collected and processed on the Kii IoT platform over a period of three months. The HPA was able to analyze the air quality at different locations in the port and, above all, test the functionality of different environmental sensors.
Identify and remedy causes of air pollution
The HPA develops numerous solutions to reduce emissions in the port of Hamburg, for example the provision of shore power for cruise ships during berth times. Intelligent measuring systems should identify the origins of air pollution and check the effectiveness of such measures.
For the pilot project, sensors were placed at three different points in the port. The sensors recorded, among other things, the nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter pollution, but also data on temperature, air pressure or air humidity, which are included in later HPA analyzes. All recorded sensor data was sent to a gateway via a mobile phone connection and then transferred to the cloud. The cloud platform collects the data, prepares it and makes it available to the HPA employees for analysis via APIs on a clear web dashboard.
IoT monitoring enables air pollution to be measured live
“The pilot project was a success for us,” says Ulrich Baldauf, head of the IT strategy at the HPA. "We were able to measure numerous parameters of air pollution live, such as the emission of fine dust with particle sizes PM 2.5 and PM 10. In some cases, we even measured nitrogen dioxide, which usually only makes up 10 billionths of the total air."
Martin Tantow, the general manager of Kii, is proud of the project. "With the pilot project, we were able to demonstrate the potential of real-time emissions measurement for the Port of Hamburg." To effectively prevent air pollution, cities can rely on IoT monitoring.