Diwali delight with non-stop air quality monitoring in Delhi by Acoem India & Acoem Monitoring Solutions

8 Apr 2019

According to India’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) “As Delhi continued to grapple with rising air pollution, air quality dropped and the Delhi pollution level slipped into the ‘very poor’ category on Diwali night.”

Station operators and service engineers from Acoem (formerly Ecotech) Monitoring Solutions (AMS) were on call 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted air quality monitoring services throughout Diwali.

“A thick haze engulfed the city as people continued to burst firecrackers long after the deadline set by the Supreme Court.” – NDTV.com

Inspired by the Acoem new year “Stop Wishing, Start Doing” campaign, Acoem India & Monitoring Solutions (AMS) took a lead role.

In November 2018, while the population of India was engrossed in Diwali celebrations, AMS station operators and service engineers throughout India were available 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted operation of Acoem Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS).

Their efforts were particularly important in the National Capital Region (NCR) – a critical zone at very high risk of air pollution during Diwali. The aim was to ensure the availability of authenticated data greater than 98%.

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is India’s largest and most significant festival. Families plan elaborate five-day celebrations and businesses across the country remain closed during the festival.

Firecrackers are set off in huge quantities adding to existing high pollution levels with more smoke.

Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in India, suffers considerably during this period, and the situation is exacerbated by agricultural stubble burning in the neighbouring state of Punjab.

Station operators and service engineers from Acoem Monitoring Solutions (AMS) were on call 24/7 to ensure uninterrupted air quality monitoring services throughout Diwali.

Extra services mean continuous environmental data collection

Due to poor air quality during Diwali festivities, monitoring air quality becomes crucial. The data collected helps alert authorities, ensuring corrective measures are in place and timely action can be taken. With so much smoke emanating from various human activities, it becomes even more important to collect the data to understand the level of pollutants in the air.

Acoem India and AMS made sure all 24 monitoring stations in Delhi were operating at optimal levels. Their team of committed engineers and technicians kept each Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (AAQMS) in Delhi running efficiently throughout Diwali festivities. The server-based data collection ensured that real-time data updates were accessible to the public via the CPCB website.

Working together as one

The 24-member team worked together as one cohesive unit, displaying exemplary commitment by manning the stations during Diwali and the following nights. Backed up by data analysts, the AMS team ensured continuous collection of accurate real-time data.

 “I am very proud of the entire team. Their commitment to their work and the community coupled with their drive to guarantee customer satisfaction is worth praising,” said Samir Sabnis, Managing Director Acoem India.

“The AMS team made sure that all air quality monitoring stations were functioning and delivering uninterrupted data,” he added.

Radheshyam Yadav, Head Service Operations – North & East, Acoem India also played an instrumental role during Diwali, keeping tabs on the entire network and visiting air monitoring stations during the day.

Acoem India and AMS impressed customers with their dedication. Positive customer feedback received was another reason for the team to feel proud.

“Great effort, exemplary work done. This strengthens the goodwill of Acoem in India,” said one customer.

For more information about Acoem India & Acoem Monitoring Solutions (AMS), please visit acoem.com/india or contact Samir Sabnis by clicking on the ‘Would you like to…?’ link below.

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