Across six cities in UK, DPD has brought a new air quality monitoring program.
It is named Project BREATHE,and will place sensors on the top of DPD vehicles and pick-up stores- close to play areas and school in the cities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Leeds by the end of May 2021.
In London alone, the number of mobile sensors will be operating are 100 along with 20 fixed sensors. This new DPD plan is expected to raise the number to around 400 in total.
Combine, these sensors can take 1.5 million pollution readings in a day, as each unit taking one every 12 seconds. This is done to measure particulate substances technically referred as “PM2.5”- minute particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter.
These tiny particles are a cause of many health problems including asthma and cancer as they cement in lung tissue.The gathered information, through the Polutrack AirDiag system, will be used to provide street-by-street air quality information for use by DPD customers, academics and local councils. The company will be able to start reporting on the data after completing two months of monitoring.
In future, DPD is aiming to launch the scheme all over Europe, with 2400 sensors before this year end.