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AQMesh pods measure the effects of cruise ship emissions on local air quality
AQMesh pods have been used in a project at the Port of Kiel, Germany, to measure emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx) and fine particulate matter (PM) around the port's cruise ship terminal. In just one year, the port received 166 visits by 33 different cruise ships, bringing a record breaking 600,000 visitors into the city. Emissions from the cruise ship terminal and its impact on local air quality has been the subject of discussion for some time, because the city’s reference stations indicate that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels regularly exceed the World Health Organisation’s annual mean limi..
Poster competition raises air quality awareness in Scotland
Air Monitors has sponsored a competition among Scottish schools as part of an initiative to raise awareness of air pollution issues around the time of the Clean Air Day in June and during the Year of Young People. Environmental Protection Scotland (EPS) coordinated many of the air quality events and staff from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) contributed by running a series of programmes with schools across Edinburgh. Prior to the competition, the schools utilised SEPA’s national ‘Learn About Air’ teaching package (www.learnaboutair.com); a dedicated primary and secondary..
Why is Air Monitors winning so many contracts?            ...come to AQE 2018 and find out
Visitors to AQE 2018 may be wondering how Air Monitors Ltd has managed to win so many contracts over the last year, but a trip to stands 51/52 will leave them in no doubt. The Air Monitors booth will be packed with the market’s leading air monitoring equipment, employing technologies that are in high demand. The stars of the show will be AQMesh pods and FIDAS particulate monitors, both of which have featured prominently in recent major projects. FIDAS is rapidly becoming the instrument of choice for monitoring ambient particulates because it measures all fractions of interest simultaneous..
Urban Observatory monitors Newcastle with new generation of environmental sensors
Air Monitors is playing a key role in the UK’s first Urban Observatory which has been designed to provide a digital view of how cities work. We have supplied air quality monitoring equipment which is being deployed across Newcastle and Gateshead in conjunction with other instruments for monitoring parameters such as air and water quality, noise, weather, energy use, traffic and even tweets. Forming part of a network of over 600 sensors, the Urban Observatory, led by Newcastle University, has already collected over half a billion data points and the information is now starting to shed light ..
Car-free Cardiff achieves 69% NO2 improvement!
On Sunday 13th May 2018, Cardiff Council organised a car-free day in the city’s central area. As a result of this event air quality monitoring data showed an average 69% drop in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – one of the pollutants of greatest public health concern. Seeking a better understanding of the relationship between air quality and traffic, Cardiff Council hired three AQMesh air quality monitoring pods, which were located on streets impacted by the day’s event, and within two of the Councils Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs); City Centre & Stephenson Court, Newport Road. The instruments co..
Air Monitors chosen as partner in new ‘hyperlocal’ air quality network for London
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new, street-by-street monitoring system that will help to improve that capital’s air quality. From July 2018, and operating for a year, London will benefit from what is being described as the world’s most sophisticated air quality monitoring system. A consortium involving academia, an environmental charity, and commercial partners will install a network of 100 multiparameter AQMesh air quality monitors, whilst also operating two Google Street View cars that will map air pollution at an unprecedented level of detail. Air Monitors Ltd (Tewkesbury) will s..
Air Monitors and ECOTECH in the UK – a winning partnership!
Air Monitors, the Tewkesbury based air quality monitoring equipment specialist, has been appointed as ECOTECH’s official distributor in the UK. ECOTECH is a global leader in the manufacture of environmental monitoring instrumentation, including the highly regarded and MCERTS certified, Serinus® range of ambient gas analysers. “We have worked with ECOTECH for many years, so we have built a high level of confidence in their products,” says Air Monitors MD Jim Mills. “We are therefore delighted to be appointed as their distributor for the full range, and look forward to bringing the advantages..
Traffic pollution in office buildings drives innovative indoor-outdoor air quality management
 Extensive research has shown that indoor air quality is often worse than outdoors. Closed system buildings trap harmful particles inside, and external air intakes can bring in more polluted air from outside. Whilst many heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) use particle filtering, managed through air exchanges, they can often worsen levels of polluting gases, such as NO2 – now classified by the World Health Organisation as a Class 1 carcinogen. Natural ventilation systems have no particulate filtration at all, and buildings are also frequently completely shut up all night w..
Air Monitors awarded Quality and Environmental Management Certificates
Following a comprehensive overhaul of the company’s business processes, Air Monitors is delighted to announce that it has been awarded both ISO 9001:2015, the Quality Management Standard, and ISO 14001:2015, the Environmental Management Standard. Commenting on the awards, Karen Allwood said: “At Air Monitors, we have always aimed to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction through the consistent provision of high quality products and services. It is therefore highly gratifying for our work to be assessed and approved by an independent third party. “As a leading business in the environm..
FIDAS PM monitors chosen for expansion and enhancement of Irish air quality monitoring network
Following a public consultation in 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ireland has awarded a contract for up to 44 particulate matter (PM) monitors to enhance and expand the existing monitoring network. The successful bid was submitted jointly by EMS Environmental Monitoring Systems Ltd. (Dublin) and Air Monitors Ltd. (UK). The award is a major component of the EPA’s new National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (AAMP) which was created under Section 65 of the EPA Act to strengthen the provision of comprehensive, localised air quality information linked to public health ..
Air Monitors wins contract for national PM monitoring network
Air Monitors Limited is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the Environment Agency to supply real-time particulate matter (PM) monitors to support the Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN). According to the terms of the contract, Air Monitors will supply FIDAS 200 PM monitors for the continuous measurement of particle size for PM10, PM2.5 and as dual instruments which measure both PM10 and PM2.5 size fractions at the same time. “This is an extremely important award,” says Jim Mills, Air Monitors Managing Director. “Not just because of the size of the award, but a..
Monitors inform local air quality management strategy in Ayrshire
In North Ayrshire, Scotland, monitoring activities have demonstrated that the main local air quality issues are related to traffic congestion caused by a section of the High Street in Irvine, which is being used as a bus terminus, and by queuing traffic at New Street in Dalry. In both locations the pollutant of most concern is Nitrogen Dioxide. North Ayrshire Council operates a fixed continuous air quality monitoring station (AQMS) in Irvine High Street which supplies data to the www.scottishairquality.co.uk website. “Data from the AQMS is supplemented by portable monitoring equipment that ..
AQMesh pods monitor air quality impact of new Oxford shopping centre
Oxford City Council has been operating two AQMesh pods to monitor the impact of the new Westgate centre on local air quality. Westgate Oxford is a brand new £440m shopping centre comprised of retail outlets, restaurants and a cinema. Developed as a replacement for the old shopping centre that was demolished in 2016, Westgate opened in October 2017, and it has been estimated that it will attract 15m visitors every year. The AQMesh pods were purchased by the Westgate developer under a Section 106 agreement to monitor levels of NO, NO2 and O3. Oxford City Council’s Air Quality officer, P..
AQMesh is currently in use in Nicaragua, monitoring air quality in communities living near Masaya volcano. The six AQMesh pods have been used to show variations in volcanogenic SO2 and PM levels at different times and at different locations across the area. The pods, which have independent power and communications so they can be mounted where required, were installed in March 2017 as part of a research project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund: Unseen but not unfelt: resilience to persistent volcanic emissions (UNRESP). The project is led by the University of Leeds and is a ..
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