This article was originally published by the Press Office of the Prefeitura de Jundiaí.
The management of the Jundiaí City Hall formalized a partnership on May 4th that will establish a new air quality monitoring program at strategic points in the city. The monitoring will be performed with Clarity’s innovative air sensor technology, with funding provided through a donation from NB Capital Investimentos and Consultoria LTDA. Initially, the donation provides funding for two air sensors that will be moved to different sites across the city every 45 days, with the locations chosen by the Urban Planning and Environment Management Unit (UGPUMA).
The objectives of the program, which is expected to be expanded across the city later in the year, include the measurement of the city's air quality in real-time, understanding the air pollutants that exist, and using this information for decision-making to build a more sustainable city. The first two locations to be checked will be the Central Terminal and a municipal school in Jardim Novo Horizonte.
Jundiaí is focused on sustainable development, innovation, and quality of life in a smart city. Monitoring adds information for guidance in decision-making and project development of a more innovative city.”
- Luiz Fernando Machado, Mayor of Jundiaí
The donation is based on law 8.901 / 2018, which regulates private support for actions of public interest, and had the collaboration of the Jundiaí Cooperation Network in affiliation with the Government and Finance Management Unit (UGGF). Monitoring air quality is part of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
As the national economy is still largely based on dependence on fossil fuels (automobiles, buses, and transport of goods, for example), the decrease in air quality is directly related to these economic activities. Efficient and continuous monitoring of the air makes it possible to indirectly measure the application of public afforestation policies, encouraging more sustainable economic activities and forms of mobility.”
- Sinésio Scarabello Filho, manager of UGPUMA
NB Capital came to the Municipality with the idea to donate the air quality monitoring equipment and data-driven management service. The co-founder of NB Capital, Emanuele Bosco, explains that NB Capital chose Jundiaí as its home in Brazil because the city is characterized by an administration that seeks innovation and invests in infrastructure to increase the quality of life of citizens and make urban operations more efficient.
Here in Brazil (and in Latin America), Jundiaí will be the first city to have this system in operation. At an international level, cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles in the United States and London and Paris in Europe have had this technology in operation for some years and continue to increase the installation of Clarity devices for monitoring air quality.”
- Emanuele Bosco, Co-founder of NB Capital Investimentos and Consultoria LTDA
The monitoring will be performed in strategic locations in Jundiaí with two Clarity Node-S air sensors. The Clarity Air Monitoring Solution solution works in a Sensing-as-a-Service model and makes air pollution measurement and management more accessible, reliable, and economical. The sensors are characterized by “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology that measures parameters such as particulate material (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in real-time, then stores the air quality data produced in the cloud for convenient access 24 hours a day.
Before the introduction of the Clarity Nodes, the city had only one air quality monitoring point, owned by the São Paulo State Environmental Company (CETESB), located in the Educational, Cultural, and Sports Complex (CECE) Dr. Nicolino de Luca (Bolão).
Implementing innovative systems, with the latest technology, makes it possible to aggregate assertive information in the development of projects. The partnership complements the study carried out between 2018/19, in a partnership with Siemens - ‘Jundiaí: A Vision for a More Sustainable City’, which used the CyPT - City Performance Tool to simulate an environment with higher use of renewable energies. The study showed that a lower emission rate of particles and gases resulting from the burning of fossil fuels favor better air quality and, consequently, an increase in human well-being.”
- José Antonio Parimoschi, Manager of the Government and Finance Management Unit (UGGF)