(AFP file)
(AFP file)

IIT Kanpur, Ericsson partner to tackle Delhi's air pollution

  • Ericsson will use locally-developed air quality sensors that are capable of sharing environmental data at defined time intervals
  • The partnership will also include working with community-based organizations to raise awareness regarding air pollution and steps that can be taken to reduce it

Bengaluru: The Indian Institute of Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) and Ericsson will together deploy an NB-IoT (narrowband internet of things) based sensor network to monitor air pollution in Delhi.

NB-IoT is a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) radio technology standard developed by 3GPP to enable a wide range of cellular devices and services.

As part of the agreement, Ericsson will use locally-developed air quality sensors that are capable of sharing environmental data, including (particulate matter) PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 levels at defined time intervals.

This will lead to better monitoring and analysis of data collected from different parts of the capital. The findings will be shared with local authorities and other key stakeholders on a periodic basis, Ericsson said in a statement on Thursday.

According to Prof. S. Tripathi, Head of Department, Civil Engineering at IIT Kanpur, this will be "India’s first NB-IoT based low cost Particulate Matter sensors". "The collection and analysis of this data can be of crucial help in addressing the menace of air pollution," he added.

The partnership will also include working with community-based organizations to raise awareness regarding air pollution and steps that can be taken to reduce it.

Nitin Bansal, head of Ericsson India, explained that the NB-IoT based-sensors would be deployed at strategic locations in the city. "The sensors are automated and will relay information on defined time intervals, providing data on pollution levels, sources and locations in a sustainable and cost-efficient way," he said.

The global NB-IoT market size is expected to reach $6,020.2 million by 2025, according to a new study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. Major companies operating in the NB-IoT market include AT&T, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Qualcomm Technologies Inc, MediaTek Inc, Intel Corp, Nokia, Vodafone Group PLC and Ericsson.

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