The Challenge

How is human health affected by pollution?

  • Air pollution is now the biggest environmental risk for early death, responsible for more than 6 million premature deaths each year from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and respiratory diseases.
  • Between 2009 and 2018, there has been an average reduction of 22 % in annual mean concentrations of PM2.5 measured at air quality monitoring stations across Europe.
  • According to WHO, ischaemic heart disease attributable to air pollution caused over 112 000 deaths in the EU-27 and the United Kingdom in 2016.

By 2050, outdoor air pollution (particulate matter and ground-level ozone) is projected to become the top cause of environmentally related deaths worldwide.


IoT Solution for Smart Environment

Smart Environment is an idea which includes integration of sensors and computational devices to monitor the environmental conditions for pollution control.

Intelligent and Autonomous cars allow traffic to move at one speed with only a few meters between vehicles, reducing the fuel inefficiency by the speed and gear changes of human-operated vehicles.

IoT has been used to bring species back from the brink of extinction, with great success. Smart and connected homes can prevent unnecessary energy use.

Using smart sensors, farmers can reduce the amount of waste they produce and monitor their agricultural processes depending on weather, humidity, sunlight, and other external factors. A range of sensors measure air quality and warn users through apps on their smartphones when they are at dangerous levels or are likely to cause asthma.

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Pollutants and Health Breakpoints

Hunger and food security are new era challenges that can be solved with IoT technology applied to agricultural crops.

Size of fields Value of crops What factor is usually more important to consider? Sensors recommended Examples
Large fieldsLow yield crops per hectareMicro-climate factors
  • Temperature, humidity and pressure
  • Weather station
  • Cereals
  • Corn
  • Coffee
Small or medium fields High yield crops per hectare, fragile crops
  • Soil parameters
  • Plant level oriented
  • Soil moisture
  • Soil morphology
  • Leaf humidity
  • Solar radiation
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers

Applications of IoT technology in the Environment

Parameters to measure pollution:

  1. H2S
  2. NO
  3. NO2
  4. CO
  5. OZONE
  6. Particles

Benefits of IoT technology in the Environment

  • IoT technology helps its customers make their homes more energy efficient and affordable through circuit-level electricity monitoring, real-time reporting, smart alerts and remote energy controls.
  • Deploying sensors to measure elements like air or water quality, radiation, or sensors to detect hazardous chemicals can help track the evolution of the environment.
  • IoT can be used in agriculture to monitor crops and soil to maximise crop production while maintaining a low impact on the environment.
  • IoT can be used to help assess factors that harm the ocean, such as illegal fishing, illegal solid waste disposal, and discharging industrial effluents into water bodies. IoT technology can also help improve access to clean water by reducing leakages and monitoring water quality.
  • When IoT technology is applied to waste management, it can become far more efficient. Sensor-enabled bins can collect information on fill level, temperature and location. Waste collectors can then get an automated route planned for them that has prioritised areas in urgent need of collection.

Smart Environment Products

Smart Environment is a product which includes integration of sensors and computational devices to monitor the environmental conditions for pollution control.


  1. Possess a degree of autonomy, adapt themselves to changing environments, and communicate with humans in a natural way
  2. Provide important features such as detection of unusual or anomalous behaviors for health monitoring and home security
  3. Remote control of devices, like power line communication systems to control devices
  4. Predictive and Decision-Making capabilities
  5. Allows air pollution to be monitored in real-time via the use of air quality sensors, enabling sources of this pollution to be identified promptly and accurately.

Models and sensors

Air Quality Detector

This Air Quality detector monitors air quality in the environment using AQI (Air Quality Index) to control pollution in cities and industries.

View Plug&Sense! ModelTechnical Guide

Sensors available:

  • Temperature, humidity and pressure
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Particulate Matter (PM 2.4, PM 10)
  • Ozone
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Sulphur Dioxide
  • Ammonia

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