Team photo NordAllianz

Largest urban measurement network in Germany

Hawa Dawa installs 35 metering boxes in the Northern Alliance urban area. The eight municipalities of the NordAllianz, Eching, Garching, Hallbergmoos, Ismaning, Neufahrn, Oberschleißheim, Unterföhring and Unterschleißheim, have decided to expand a digital measurement network to record urban air quality. NordAllianz relies on the smart technology of Hawa Dawa. The company already operates similar measurement networks of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled measurement boxes in the cities of Munich, Germering, Meschede and Bern in Switzerland to increase transparency on air quality for citizens and decision-makers. The first goal of the NordAllianz project is to inform the population and interested parties live on the internet about the condition of the air quality, in the spirit of a smart city. Values for particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone are collected in real time and presented transparently on the internet on an interactive website, the ‘Urban Cockpit’ by the company [ui!] Urban Software Institute. On 25 June, the mayors of the eight municipalities met with representatives of the companies Hawa Dawa and [ui!] to jointly launch the project. The NordAllianz mayors expressly welcomed this joint project for the future, which also underlines the increased cooperation between the municipalities of the NordAllianz. The NordAllianz measurement network comprises a total of 35 sensors for air quality measurement from the company Hawa Dawa, making it one of the largest municipal measurement networks in Germany. Through intelligent interconnection of the sensors, they learn to compare the measured air values with values such as the outside temperature and thus to classify them correctly. They therefore belong to the intelligent devices of the Internet of Things (IoT), the so-called Internet of Things, in which devices are connected to each other via the network and work together in this way. “Until today, data on air quality was reserved for experts. With our measurement technology, it is now possible to provide high-quality data for citizens and decision-makers across the board and in real time. For the first time, the focus is not on technology, but on people’s needs for transparency in urban areas. We are proud to take this first step towards the smart city together with the municipalities of the NordAllianz and look forward to working with them over the next two years,” says Karim Tarraf, CEO of Hawa Dawa. The eight NordAllianz municipalities, which together have a population of around 130,000, show that even smaller municipalities can definitely compete with the big ones. Over a trial period of 24 months, citizens can inform themselves about the status of air quality in the sense of active citizen participation. From autumn onwards, the interactive map will be available on the Northern Alliance website for anyone interested to download. In addition, further information and tips on the topics of air quality, air pollution control and smart city are provided. It is particularly important to the mayors of the Northern Alliance that the well-being of the local population is the focus of their work. Being a digital pioneer means not only taking new steps with the help of innovative technology, but also involving the population, because ultimately it is about the health and quality of life of all people. The implementation of the first ‘Smart Region NordAllianz’ project is not least due to this friendly and successful cooperation of the eight town halls over many years. It is significant that the eight municipalities are carrying out the air quality project in a network – the topic of smart city and the integration of innovative technologies in municipal development are thus not only reserved for large cities, according to the joint consensus of the NordAllianz mayors.

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