Pigeons monitor air air pollution in London with tiny backpacks

Pigeons track air pollution in London with tiny backpacks


A small flock of pigeons have been given tiny backpacks to watch air air pollution in London. The challenge was dreamt up by Plume Labs, an organization targeted on the environmental drawback, and the advertising company DigitasLBi. The rucksacks are fitted to the birds utilizing small material vests, and the sensors inside are capable of measure nitrogen dioxide and ozone ranges. Solely 10 birds are in flight at anybody time, so the quantity of knowledge being collected is fairly small. Nevertheless, it is nonetheless a artistic means of analysing the air that hundreds of thousands breathe in every single day within the capital.

Pigeons track air pollution in London with tiny backpacks

In case you’re involved in monitoring the birds’ progress, a reside map is at present obtainable on the venture’s microsite. Alternatively, you’ll be able to tweet the @pigeonair account on Twitter for a fast abstract of a selected borough or neighborhood. The venture is a 3-day affair, designed to draw new beta testers for a wearable air pollution monitor constructed by Plume Labs. As such, the brand new “Pigeon Air Patrol” feels extra like a advertising marketing campaign than an evolution in air air pollution administration. Nonetheless, it is neat to know that there are birds within the sky with backpacks — and perhaps, simply perhaps, there’s scope to broaden and refine the thought if these experimental check flights take off.

And we’re off! The primary #PigeonAir patrol flies from Brick Lane, monitoring air air pollution as we go! pic.twitter.com/W8KnyrxnCe

— Pigeon Air Patrol (@PigeonAir) 14 March 2016