Dubai Municipality is preparing to receive an environment-friendly mobile station for air quality monitoring station, the civic body said on Wednesday.
The station, a first of its kind in the region, includes 20 devices to monitor about 100 components and composites that pollute the air, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of the municipality, said in a press release. He noted that the station was being tested in Germany.
Lootah said that a working group from the municipality will travel to Germany to attend an intensive training course on the work mechanisms, operation and maintenance of the station, and the calibration of the monitoring techniques attached to it.
“Once this is done, the station will be shipped to Dubai and it is expected to arrive by the end of this month,” he said.
Lootah pointed out that the manufacture and delivery of the mobile station took about eight months, including two months of design, as it was necessary to determine the technical specifications related to the extensions of the station such as the sophisticated device for monitoring and measuring the elements and compounds of air pollutants.
“We also had to select the technical equipment and software appropriate for the climatic nature of the country, and ensure that they meet the needs and requirements of the growth in Dubai,” he said.
Lootah pointed out that the technical specifications of the devices in the station will help the manufacturing and operational processes of different sectors, including the industrial, transportation and energy generation sectors, in addition to many of the service organisations such as the sewage treatment plants and cooling stations.
He stressed that the station has been provided with solar panels to operate all its technical devices.
“The station will serve as a mobile environmental operations room. It can respond to emergencies and crises and deal with exceptional cases efficiently as it will be provided with advanced means of communication that are linked with the main call centre of the municipality in order to respond to emergency situations reported from various parts of Dubai.”