IoT startup collaborates with City of London to tackle lorry pollution
Emissions Solutions Limited (or Emsol), an air and noise pollution monitoring startup, is collaborating with the City of London Corporation to test a new service offer that promises to revolutionise vehicle pollution monitoring at construction sites.
Working with the city’s own fleet and that of at least one other leading fleet operator, the system has been deployed at Wallbrook Wharf, a waste transfer station on the banks of the River Thames.
Established in 2017, Emsol has been working on developing an all-in-one service offering for monitoring air and noise pollution at the individual vehicle level. Customers can then monitor, in real time, performance of individual vehicles, identifying breaches and making management decisions quickly and easily.
Despite still being at a trial stage, Emsol’s solution has already been gaining a lot of traction from leading freight operators and investors. A multi-disciplinary team including logistics, intelligent transport systems, and software engineering expertise has already been established, with strategic advice provided by renowned experts in the air quality field.
The company was also part of the first cohort for IOTA Wales, which is supported by Eagle Lab at Barclays, Innovation Point, the Development Bank of Wales, Inspire Wales, and the Accelerator Network. Doing so has enabled Emsol to rapidly develop the product offering and business model.
There is a good reason for this interest. Every day, 4 million registered commercial vehicles use the UK road network, working on hundreds and thousands of construction projects. Compliance with air and noise pollution limits and standards is not only wished by local authorities, developers, and construction companies, but proof is being demanded by industry best practice such as the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme.
Air pollution is also a clear social issue and a major issue in our cities. Poor air quality has been linked to nearly 40,000 early deaths every year in the UK. The commercial sector is now playing its part in tackling this issue, and the trial at Wallbrook Wharf promises to play a leading role in this.
The service is an IOT (Internet of Things) based platform built into three phases; detection, analysis and continuous monitoring. One part of this involves putting tags into thousands of vehicles, at a fairly low cost, to gather their telemetry and telematics data. This is important as excess pollution is caused by poor driver behaviour, excess idling and an overload of vehicles.
The work on deploying the sensor technology – that will provide the data critical to the service offering – is already underway. The project will last seven months, concluding in July of this year.