IBM’s Green Horizons uses IoT for clean air

IBM Research has announced it will expand its Green Horizons initiative, which uses advanced machine learning and IoT to address climate change-related challenges.

The announcement builds upon a relationship between IBM and the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) in China.

IBM’s China Research lab is currently working with the Beijing EPB to deliver an air quality forecasting and decision support system.

According to Pollution Online, the system is designed to generate high-resolution 1km-by-1km pollution forecasts 72 hours in advance and pollution trend predictions up to 10 days into the future.

It adds that the Beijing government was able to achieve a 20% reduction in ultra-fine Particulate Matter (aerosols, smoke, fumes, dust, ash and pollen), which has brought it closer to its goal of reducing PM 2.5 by 25% by 2017.

Green Horizons global expansion

IBM’s Green Horizons initiative is active in many countries around the world.

The company is in talks with the Delhi Dialogue Commission to understand the correlation between traffic patterns and air pollution in India’s capital.

In South Africa, IBM is conducting a pilot project with the City of Johannesburg and South Africa’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to model air pollution trends and seeks to quantify the effectiveness of the city’s intervention programmes to support of Johannesburg’s air quality targets.

Apart from this, IBM continues its work on clean air projects in China, renewable energy projects and forecasting in the UK and US.

Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director, IBM Research said: “Even as society is looking to address some of the biggest challenges of our generation – environmental degradation and climate change – two game-changing technologies have emerged that are completely transforming our understanding of the world in which we live.

“With Green Horizons, we are applying the most advanced cognitive computing and IoT technologies, combined with world-class analytics, to enable forward-looking government and business leaders in their efforts to make better decisions that can help safeguard the health of citizens today while helping to protect the long-term health of the planet.”