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Dust data to be delivered direct to app

PEOPLE living in Shanghai will soon be able to check the level of construction dust in the air via a smartphone app, an official said yesterday.

The new service will be developed as part of a program to install dust monitors across the city, said Zhang Chaoyun, deputy director of the Shanghai Environmental Sanitation Management Office.

“Data from the sensors will be analyzed and the results sent to district sanitation authorities, which can then take action, such as spraying water to damp down the dust,” he said.

Those responsible for creating the dust, such as construction and trucking companies, will also be kept up to date so they can help resolve the problem, he said.

“When the density of the particle surpasses 150 micrograms per cubic meter, sanitation teams will alert firms in the offending area, and if no action is taken, fines will be issued,” Zhang said.

The exact position of the sensors has yet to be decided, but there will be about 450 around the city, he said, adding that the smartphone app will be available in June or July.

Dust is a major cause of air pollution in Shanghai, accounting for about 13 percent of the tiny PM2.5 particulate matter.


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