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Pollution sensor pilot set for citywide rollout

A REAL-TIME pollution monitoring scheme being piloted in Changning District is set to be extended across the city, officials said yesterday.

Environmental staff receiving the data on their computers can react quickly to any problems, sending teams to the scene immediately, said Guo Hai, deputy director with the district’s environmental protection bureau.

In the trial, sensors sending air quality data to officials have been installed on the district’s 11 biggest construction sites.

Sensors have also been fitted at some 3,000 restaurants, feeding data on smoke and other pollutants.

Previously, it was difficult for the urban management team to manage the operations of numerous construction sites and restaurants, said officials.

While officials did not give results of the trial, Guo said it would be rolled out in other parts of the city.

“The use of new technology in air quality monitoring aims to help us solve air pollution problems in the district and city,” Guo said.

Three air quality monitoring station, including a new facility at Huayang station, are equipped to handle the data, including publicizing it to residents.

The district government receives some 500 complaints from residents a year, with 30 percent about restaurants, Guo said.

In another Changning initiative, electrostatic air purification systems have been installed in the kitchens of restaurants and construction sites.


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