In collaboration with Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, Carrier has installed air quality monitors and LED display boards across 14 different locations in Gurugram. The air quality monitors connect with LED boards that display real-time PM2.5 and PM10 levels, along with recommendations such as “Go for an evening walk” and “Do yoga outdoors” when conditions are good, and “Wear masks” and “Avoid strenuous activities” when pollution levels are high.
Carrier ensures regular calibration of air monitors based on continuous comparisons with PM readings from government Beta Attenuation Monitoring (BAM) devices maintained by the Centre of Pollution Control Board. Carrier plans to install additional air monitors and LED display boards to continue to make real-time data accessible to more residents of Gurugram.
Free United for Air mobile apps for Android and iOS devices also provide real-time PM2.5 and PM10 levels, along with the temperature and relative humidity. The apps are a single source for weather and air quality information.
Carrier works with United Way Delhi, which partners with other non-governmental organizations to organize events for schools, corporations and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to increase awareness and facilitate change. United for Air has engaged more than 60 RWAs and 20,000 students through fun activities involving street plays, musical mobs and cyclothons. At these events, garbage boxes for waste segregation are provided and plantation drives are conducted.
Commenting on their initiative, Chirag Baijal, Managing Director, Carrier India, informed, “We took on the challenge of getting people together to help create a healthier and more sustainable future for Gurugram. Through ‘United for Air’, we are driving communities to take action, while increasing awareness that Particulate Matter (PM) levels of 2.5 and PM10 are the major contributors to air pollution in Gurugram. The goal is to provide meaningful information to the public about the effects of high PM levels on human health.”