Government & Local Authorities
Monitoring the air quality throughout towns or cities, and also around or even inside buildings, is essential for local authorities, government agencies, community watch groups, and municipality organizations to ensure pollution levels do not exceed certain limits. This helps to improve the health and well-being of citizens and occupants, as well as reduce costs. For cities and regions where tourism plays a role, air quality is of further crucial importance. A 2021 Chinese study (published in the Journal of Travel Research) examined the impact of poor air quality on tourism and concluded that travelers who experienced air pollution while traveling to a city were 92% less likely to visit that city again.
Environmental Air Quality Monitoring
Urban air pollution can cause respiratory diseases and other long-term health issues, as has been investigated in numerous studies (see e.g. Kampa et al Human health effects of air pollution, 2007). As a Health & Safety or HSE professional, it’s important to monitor the environmental conditions in your city to get a full picture of the air quality levels. This data can also provide a foundation for you to develop a plan to improve your local air quality.
By deploying a network of real-time low-cost air quality monitoring sensors or stations you can identify sources, measure levels of pollutants and take corrective actions.
To help safeguard what's important, BlueSky™ Environmental Air Quality Monitors provide reliable results. TSI®, with over 50 years of industry expertise, has designed these monitors for community watch groups, local EPA organizations, government agencies, and municipalities, as well as fugitive dust monitoring. These monitors utilize low-cost gas sensing (CO, CO₂, NO₂, SO₂, O₃) capabilities, as well as the measurement of particulate matter (PM) mass concentrations, temperature, relative humidity (RH), and barometric pressure (BP).
Indoor Air Quality and Indoor Environmental Quality
Outdoor air quality can have a significant impact on indoor air conditions. Monitoring the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) but also the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) inside buildings has recently become an important aspect for local authorities they may wish to consider.
While IAQ refers specifically to the air quality inside a building, including factors such as temperature, humidity, ventilation, and the presence of pollutants and allergens, IEQ refers to a broader range of factors that affect the overall environment inside a building. This includes not just the air quality, but also factors such as lighting, acoustics and thermal comfort. Both IAQ and IEQ are important for ensuring the health and comfort of building occupants, for maintaining the integrity of a building, and for creating a pleasant and productive work environment. Read More about IAQ vs. IEQ
People spend around 90% of their time indoors. How we heat and cook, cleaning and decorating products we use, and the use of certain construction materials can all be sources of poor IAQ, contributing to the build-up of harmful concentrations within homes, especially if there is inadequate ventilation. Local authorities can advise the public about means of reducing their exposure to poor indoor air quality. It should be recognized that disparities exist as those on lower incomes may have reduced ability to modify their homes to improve indoor air quality (see Local Air Quality Management Policy Guidance by the British Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).
The TSI AirAssure™ IAQ Monitor equips you to continuously track levels of particulate matter (PM), traditional IAQ parameters, and up to six gases.
Benefits for You
The strength of the TSI solution is the ability to manage your AirAssure and BlueSky monitors with our TSI Link™ Solutions platform. The foundation that hosts your TSI devices, this cloud-based SaaS application guides you in decision-making and building your awareness of outdoor/indoor environmental air quality and how they impact each other. Let our solution reduce the stress and work for extracting data and insights.
But also, noise pollution e.g. traffic noises, airplanes, loud music, noisy public spaces etc. have been a point of frustration for local residents for years and all contribute to noise in our communities. To track noise or sound levels the TSI Quest™ SoundPro™ Sound Level Meter helps provide advanced sound level monitoring and comprehensive data analysis - available in a variety of models to meet your sound measurement needs.
Improving your building’s sustainability through monitoring indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort, acoustic, lighting, and ergonomics helps to increase the overall efficiency, reducing overhead costs, and boosting the productivity of employees creating a healthier workplace and a healthier community.
Implementing outdoor air monitoring stations helps identify and eliminate local sources of air pollution, improving the health and well-being of your residents and visitors. In addition, the data collected helps to comply with health standards and to support urban planning and development as your community grows.