This project goal was to establish a comprehensive traffic management system for monitoring sensitive areas. In the frame of this project, SENSIA applied its expertise in infrared gas detection in the development of a prototype for vehicle gas emissions measurement in a multilane road. In particular, this system has been validated for CO2 and CO measurement.
Approximately five percent of vehicles are responsible for more than 90% of toxic emissions. With this system, it can be determined which vehicles are “big emitters” (pollute more) and policies that facilitate their identification can be created. And with this, point out the scientists, traffic emissions (CO2, CO, NOx, HC, PM) would be reduced and energy efficiency would increase, given that a decrease of emissions always implies less consumption. In addition, measures for optimizing consumption and emissions could be adopted, like varying speed limits on high capacity roads that enter and exit big cities.
There are many applications for this infrared technology. It can improve the analyses of emissions from automobiles in a city or region, which would lead to solving current problems of pollution. It would also give the government a powerful tool for making environmental policy.
Check it: Press release about RIO project from CityLab