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Porto became able of monitoring every aspects related with its air quality

The city of Porto has served as the basis for several innovative projects aimed at revealing the potential of using technology in urban contexts. Thus, in 2015, Porto adopted open standards from FIWARE (a worldwide open-source community, bootstrapped by the EU), becoming capable of storing and sharing the data received from the different providers (about traffic, air quality, atmospheric conditions, transportation flows, among others) in a harmonised and interoperable way. Additionally, they were able to provide Open APIs for software developers and management tools for city officers, as well as live dashboards and apps for citizens.

Our Citibrain Smart Air Quality system was one of the integrated solutions in Porto, with 75 air quality stations deployed, to monitor the environmental conditions of the city in real time. The interoperability of Citibrain's innovative solution allowed the interaction with other existing IoT solutions, and the creation of a systems' network capable of monitoring and controlling the city's dynamics.

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At the end of the day, the company has opened its doors to an ecosystem of applications created through diverse initiatives, such as new city strategies and technical solutions. It allowed us to link the environmental information obtained through the Smart Air Quality system with different data from other solutions (such as the traffic flow, geolocated touristic events, or even using it for multimodal travel planning).

Through the adoption and integration of these smart solutions, Porto became able of monitoring every corner of the city, through the multiple stations installed in the buses, and with results being transmitted to the central system in real-time, leading decision-makers to take better and immediate actions to improve their city.

Furthermore, the northern city has consolidated its position as a modern and innovative destination, attracting a more significant amount of people, investment and companies. Air quality monitoring in real time increases the citizens' awareness about the importance of breathing clean air, by leading to a change in behaviour (e.g. switching from the private car to public transportation to reduce the CO2 emissions).