Smart City Update: Reykjavík is creating new air quality data and sharing it with the public

For the past year the Reykjavík Public Health Authority has been working on a project to make air quality data more available to the citizens of Reykjavík by setting up a network of 12 smart air quality sensors around the city. This network will supplement the data from the excisting 6 air quality monitoring stations currently operational within the city limit. The aim is to put the sensors on public buildings such as schools and kindergartens. 

The data from the smart sensors will be made available to the public from a special web portal and the goal is also to connect the sensor network to the nation-wide air quality information website run by the Environment Agency of Iceland. 10 sensors will measure NO2, PM 2,5 and O3, and 2 will measure PM2,5, SO2 and CO. The project will be launched this spring pending final funding and supply issues.   

Furthermore, the City of Reykjavík and the Reykjavík Public Health Authority are supporting Nordic Smart City Network partners in the Tórshavn project, where radar sensors are used to measure traffic, with the aim of creating a healthier city by reducing exposure to pollution, creating better flow in transportation, increasing information to citizens, and improving healthier means of transport such as walking, bicycle and public transport.