3Q 2017

Air Quality Monitoring and Management for Smart Cities

Urbanization and economic and population growth have resulted in large increases in vehicle use, industrial activities, and energy consumption in cities around the world, leading to pervasive urban air pollution. For city officials to fully understand and improve air quality conditions, pollutants must be accurately measured, monitored, and managed. Currently, most cities measure air pollution using a collection of large environmental monitoring stations. These stations are accurate in measuring air quality data, but their high cost often limits the quantity of deployments, resulting in gaps in coverage. They are also static and may not capture the local nature of harmful pollution within city environments.

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) industry is presenting new possibilities for air quality monitoring and management for smart cities. Recent advances in sensor and communications technology, along with the growth in crowdsourced projects, has led to air quality monitoring solutions that are far smaller in size, less expensive, and more localized compared to legacy systems. Sensor networks are also becoming increasingly mobile, with several high profile projects (e.g., in Oakland, California and Glasgow, Scotland) attaching sensors to moving objects (such as cars and vans) to provide insight on how air quality differs from street to street within cities.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the market for air quality monitoring and management solutions for smart cities, with a focus on sensor networks. The study analyzes market and technology trends within the industry, as well as city technology and policy solutions for managing air quality. It also examines significant air quality monitoring projects and case studies of deployments from around the world, as well as the competitive landscape.

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Tables | Charts | Figures 10

  • What are the key market and technology trends in the air quality monitoring market?
  • What are the primary city solutions and strategies for managing air quality?
  • How are air quality sensor networks changing the legacy air quality monitoring industry?
  • Which cities and regions suffer from the highest levels of air pollution?
  • Which companies are the key players in the air quality monitoring market?
  • What are some examples of air quality monitoring projects and where are they being implemented?

  • Air quality monitoring and management solutions providers
  • Utilities
  • Networking and communications companies
  • Sensor technology providers
  • Smart city technology and service suppliers
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

2. Market Update

2.1   A Global Challenge for the 21 Century

2.2   Market and Technology Trends

2.2.1   The Emergence of Low Cost Sensor Networks

2.2.2   Crowdsourcing

2.2.3   Creative Funding Sources

2.3   Regional Analysis and Case Studies

2.3.1   North America

2.3.2   Europe

2.3.3   Asia Pacific

2.3.4   Latin America

2.3.5   Middle East & Africa

2.4   City Solutions for Managing Air Quality

2.4.1   Congestion Charging and Low/Zero Emissions Zones

2.4.2   Electrification of Public Transport

2.4.3   EVs and AVs

2.4.4   Shared Mobility Programs

2.4.5   Smart Parking Systems

2.4.6   Expanding Bicycle Infrastructure

2.4.7   Air Purification Technologies

2.5   Key Industry Players

3. Conclusions and Recommendations 

  • Traditional Air Quality Monitoring Station, United Kingdom
  • Block-by-Block Insight of Mobile Sensors
  • Mobile Air Quality System Integrated in Vans, Glasgow
  • Annual Automated Driving Level 4+ LD Vehicle Sales by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2020-2035
  • Air Pollution Levels (PM10) of Selected Cities, World Markets: 2012-2014
  • Historic EV Sales and Forecasts by Scenario, World Markets: 2012-2025
  • CityTree
  • Nanjing Vertical Forest Concept
  • Liuzhou Forest City Concept
  • Key Industry Players

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