EUREKA E!3266 WEBAIR|
Air quality assessment & management
Project DescriptionWEBAIR 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 EU 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 on multi-criteria optimization 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 optimization 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 EU sponsored RTD projects under Framework 4 and 5, and aims at developing and integrating the proof-of-concept prototypes developed there into commercially viable products and services 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 value added 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 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 to meet regulatory requirements, the tools will also support strategic analysis of emission control strategies using complex optimisation technologies for non-differentiable systems, policy support for the Kyoto protocol, and provide interfaces for technological risk assessment and process control.
WEBAIR builds on E!1388 AIDAIR and several EU 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 exploitation and marketing strategy that is one of the auxiliary components of the project.
Technological Development EnvisagedThe technological developments in WEBAIR will focus on a number of specific closely related areas:
Market Application and ExploitationWEBAIR is designed as an integrated but modular set of application services that can be delivered from a dedicated service provider via the Internet. The business model envisions the tools to be offered as a service for and on behalf major industries and cities subject to the respective European Directive, on a subscription basis.
The market for this kind of outsourcing of tools required for regulatory compliance comprises about 1,000 cities in the extended European Union and geographical Europe subject to the Air Quality Framework Directive (96/62/EEC and daughter Directives), and several thousand industrial plants including thermal power plants and incinerators.
Initial costs benefit analysis shows that the system, offered as a commercial product can reach profitable operation and break even after the completion of the WEBAIR project within 5 to 7 years, depending on the assumptions on market penetration, provided that the necessary capital for marketing and the initial operational phase can be raised.
Partner sought:WEBAIR currently includes partners from Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Finland, Portugal, Cyprus, Morocco, Lithuania, and a group of new partners including Turkey, Malta, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, The Slovak Republic, South Korea and South Africa.
The project invites major emitters such as industries subject to EU Directives including 88/609/EEC, 609/429/EEC, 94/67/EEC, IPPC (96/61/EEC) or cities subject to the Air Quality Framework Directive (96/62/EC) as pilot users of the system.
Technology partners sought include manufacturers, integrators and distributors of monitoring equipment for stack and vehicle emissions including web cameras for optical and IR imagery, and real-time traffic monitoring data, and traffic systems analysis and modelling (preferably in real-time), as well as contributions in the area of public health impacts, energy systems and techno-economic analysis, urban and regional planners.
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