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  • David Lowenbrand

Understanding Urban Air Quality Monitoring with Sensorbee

Urban air quality monitoring is crucial for healthier, more sustainable cities. With growing concerns about air pollution, Sensorbee's advanced solutions provide accurate, reliable data. Here’s a quick look at the different types of urban air quality monitoring locations and their requirements, based on the 2008/50/EC Directive.

Types of Monitoring Locations

Urban Traffic Sites:

  • Where: Busy city streets with lots of traffic.

  • Why: To measure pollution in areas with high traffic.

  • Examples: Main roads, intersections.

Urban Background Sites:

  • Where: Areas representing overall city pollution levels.

  • Why: To monitor general urban air quality.

  • Examples: Residential areas, parks.

Regional Background Sites:

  • Where: Rural areas, away from major pollution sources.

  • Why: To understand air quality in larger rural regions.

  • Examples: Countryside, nature reserves.

Setting Up Monitoring Stations

General Criteria

  • Placement: Ensure stations represent average air quality.

  • Urban Traffic Sites: Cover at least 100 meters of a street.

  • Industrial Sites: Cover at least 250 x 250 meters.

  • Urban Background Sites: Should be influenced by all nearby sources.

  • Vegetation Protection: Stations should be 20 km from urban areas, covering 1,000 km².

Specific Criteria

  • Height: Probes should be 1.5 to 4 meters above the ground.

  • Distance: Traffic probes must be 25 meters from major junctions and within 10 meters of the curb.

  • Avoid Obstructions: No nearby buildings, trees, or direct pollution sources.

Why Choose Sensorbee?

Sensorbee’s air quality monitors, like the Air Pro 2 and Air Lite, offer reliable data for urban environments:

Accurate Sensors:

  • Dependable Data: Sensors provide accurate data even during power outages.

  • Compact Design: Easy to install in various urban settings​​.

Flexible Connectivity:

  • Compatibility: Works with Modbus RS-485 and LTE-M/NB-IoT for broad connectivity​​.

Eco-Friendly Power:

  • Solar-Powered: Low-energy design with rechargeable batteries, ideal for sustainable monitoring​​​​.

Easy to Use:

  • Remote Management: Manage data collection and get alerts through a user-friendly web interface​​.

Help us promote cleaner air, gain real-time air quality data, raise awareness, and take action for a healthier environment with Sensorbee. Visit or contact us at to learn more.

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