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Web-based air quality assessment and management

Webair builds a web-based real-time multi-media information and decision support system for urban and industrial air quality assessment and management integrating on-line monitoring and modelling, in support of relevant european directives.

WEBAIR is developing, testing and implementing a fully web-based information and decision support system for urban and industrial air quality assessment and management in support of relevant E.U. Directives and corresponding national legislation such as the Air Quality Framework Directive for urban conglomerates (96/62/EEC) and major industrial emission sources such as thermal power plants (88/609/EEC) or incinerators (89/429/EEC, 89/369/EEC), and 90/313/EEC on freedom of access to environmental information. The emphasis is on real-time communication, analysis and multi-media reporting, and the support of distributed and mobile clients through the Internet, as well as on multi-criteria optimisation of emission control strategies. The approach integrates meteorological data and forecasts, air quality and emission monitoring including mobile sources such as traffic, dynamic 3D simulation modelling and forecasting, GIS, expert systems, optimisation, decision support based on a two tier optimisation procedure, and reporting tools, in a unified, modular client/server framework implemented as a range of web accessible application services. WEBAIR is a direct continuation and extension of E!1388 AIDAIR and several E.U. sponsored RTD (Research and Technological Development) projects under Framework 4 and 5, and aims at developing and integrating the proof-of-concept prototypes developed there into commercially viable products through a series of pilot applications. The basic idea is to offer an integrated set of Internet based services to support regulatory compliance and reporting requirements for and on behalf of cities and industries subject to EU or similar national environmental regulations, as well as cost efficient strategies for emission control. The basic business concept is complete or partial outsourcing of a range of web-accessible application services for distributed and mobile clients. Regulatory reporting as well as public information is the information product derived as an added value service from basic meteorological and environmental data. Key concepts are added value in public-private partnership and open access to environmental information packaged as attractive, informative, and educational multi-media content for a range of user communities. The product will offer interface for technological risk analysis as well as process control and optimisation. Technically, the emphasis is on real-time analysis, combining on-line monitoring and model-based assessment into multi-media information and reporting for a broad range of consumers, including the general public interested in environmental quality. The support of distributed and mobile clients through the Internet, adds an additional business perspective for network and mobile phone operators. The approach integrates a range of real-time and on-line data sources and tools into a unified but modular client/server architecture implemented as a range of web accessible application services. In addition to real-time monitoring and assessment with on-line publication of the information in real-time as well as forecasts, and regular compliance reporting for meeting regulatory requirements, the tools will also support strategic analysis of emission control strategies using complex optimisation technologies for non-differentiable systems and policy support for the Kyoto protocol, and will provide interfaces for technological risk assessment and process control. WEBAIR is a direct continuation and extension of E!1388 AIDAIR and several E.U. sponsored RTD projects under Framework 4 and 5, including SUTRA (Sustainable Urban Transportation under the City of Tomorrow Key Action, and ENV-e-CITY, the Environmentally viable electronic City project under the IST eContent programme). The project aims at developing and integrating the proof-of-concept prototypes developed in these RTD projects into commercially viable products, through a series of pilot applications within the framework of a business plan and development and marketing strategy, which is one of the auxiliary components of the project. Keywords: air pollution, air quality control management, real-time decision support system.
Acronym: 
WEBAIR
Project ID: 
3 266
Start date: 
01-07-2004
Project Duration: 
117months
Project costs: 
5 500 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
Market Area: 
Environment

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