With the development of information and communication networks and microsensor technology over recent years, the EPA is now able to use the newest IoT technology for its plan to connect Taiwan’s air quality sensors and microsensor systems. This project answers President Tsai Ing-wen’s call to create an Asian Silicon Valley, allowing Taiwan to become an IoT research and development center and test area. As such, the EPA created an environmental quality sensing IoT.
The EPA received the award for its integrated technology, “Smart Environmental Management: Environmental IoT Smart Enforcement Application”. There were several factors that contributed to this project’s success. The EPA integrated air quality sensing equipment at industrial developments, overcame energy issues for field deployment and set up a system for screening and reviewing aggregated data. The environmental IoT features innovative analysis and visualization applications. Kwanyin Industrial Park in Taoyuan, Yingge and Dalinpu served as trial areas for the early stages of the project. During the implementation process, each sensor node was closely connected. For example, sensors in the grid were designed to monitor PM2.5 in addition to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), temperature and humidity in order to improve big data analysis. The monitoring of the sensor network is done on a minute-by-minute basis and at the street level, allowing the system to create a visualization of changes in pollutant density over time. Monitoring sensors for wind speed, wind direction, pollution hotspots and potential emission areas are included for analyzing spatial and time characteristics. The conclusions can be used for inspection and dispatch operations.
The EPA’s display at the Nangang Exhibition Center included a demonstration of air quality microsensors and the environmental IoT digital data platform with its capabilities. There was also a display for AI learning and smart inspection applications. The EPA also used augmented reality (AR) to allow visitors to learn more about the distribution of potential air pollution hotspots.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)