Maximize Your Air Quality Budget in a Post-COVID World

A Guide to Leveraging Low-Cost Sensors for
Air Quality Monitoring 2.0

Guide to Leveraging Low-Cost Sensors for Air Quality Monitoring 2.0

Cities like London, Paris, and Bangalore have implemented indicative air quality monitoring networks to supplement existing regulatory networks. From these projects, we have gleaned best practices for the deployment and operation of such networks. Here we present lessons learned as a resource for other cities and air quality managers looking to plan, install, and operate a low-cost monitoring network as a way to reduce costs and modernize their air quality monitoring infrastructure.

In this guide you will learn: 

  • What air quality monitoring gaps can low-cost sensors help to address? 
  • How to plan, deploy, and manage a low-cost sensor network?
  • How to select and prioritize monitoring sites when implementing an indicative monitoring network?
  • How to apply collocation and calibration best practices to ensure data quality?
  • How to move from data to action and make an impact with your low-cost sensor network.
  • And more!

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Guide includes best practices from: 

  • London

    The Greater London Authority (GLA) funded more than 100 sensors to complement the existing, dense network of reference monitors in London. This network has revolutionized Londoners’ access to reliable air quality data and provides GLA higher-resolution data.
  • Paris

    150 low-cost sensors were installed at schools across Paris in September 2019 to provide new information and insights on air quality. The data is collected, analyzed, and integrated into the existing air quality monitoring and mapping system operated by Airparif.
  • Bangalore

    The Global Climate Health Alliance (GCHA), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), and the Healthy Air Coalition installed 30 indicative air quality monitors across the city in 2019. The network was deployed at strategic locations to gain actionable, local data.

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