Eastleigh hosts first trial of new air monitoring system

New system developed by local technology company

Eastleigh is hosting the first UK trials of new technology to monitor air pollution levels in town and city centres.

Developed by the Hampshire based technology company, Iknaia, the pilot scheme is being run in partnership with the Borough Council.

Iknaia, who are based just outside the Borough in Chilworth, has launched a low-cost, mobile air quality monitoring system, which can detect levels of pollution on Eastleigh’s streets in real time.

The system is the latest addition to Iknaia’s award-winning Airscan, and includes an air quality monitoring module, which uses high-performance, reliable, low-power gas sensors to detect a range of noxious gases in the atmosphere.

The Airscan sensor can be easily moved around, which will enable the Council’s Environmental Health team to collect data in multiple locations and assess the impact that traffic congestion is having on the air we breathe.  It will complement static air quality monitoring stations that are already in place.