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Innovating for Clean Air India: The Clean Air Street

As part of our Clean Air Testbed activities in India, the Connected Places Catapult and Energy Systems Catapult are collaborating with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) , the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Urban Morph to transform one of the central streets in Bengaluru into a Clean Air Street. The initiative is set to create a healthy, citizen-centric street environment which prioritises green and active forms of transportation while encouraging sustainable behaviours.  

About Church Street 

Church Street is one of the busiest streets in the Central Business District, Bengaluru. Under the Clean Air Street initiative, DULT have organised for Church Street in Bengaluru to be closed to motor vehicles over weekends for thremonths, starting 7th November 2020. While the street will be closed to motorised traffic, it will remain open to green forms of transportation and will be transformed into a demonstration area for  the clean air innovation. 

The project’s objective is to showcase the benefits of clean mobility as well as demonstrate positive impact of people-focused streets and sustainable behaviours. The impact we anticipate through this initiative is multi-faceted and inter-related.  

Of course, we expect that reducing motorised traffic will help to improve the street’s air quality. We are working with three air quality sensor companies (listed below), as well as the Bengaluru Indian Institute of Information Technology, to measure this impact. We aim to achieve thithis by comparing the pollution levels on equivalent pre-closure days  and look at the differencin personal exposure levels experienced by individuals travelling from elsewhere in the city to the street itself. 

In addition, through our partnership with the Indian Institute of Science, we will be investigating the impact of the street closure on the quality of life of residents and visitors, as well as the economic impact on local businesses. While businesses are often concerned about pedestrianisation, there is substantial evidence that when streets are closed to cars, local businesses benefit. We hope to see a similar outcome , providing evidence in support of the long-term benefits of pedestrianisation – and ultimately create a blueprint for other streets across Bengaluru and India as a whole. 

 

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Meet the SMEs deploying their solutions on the Clean Air Street

 Altigreen is on a mission to eliminate vehicular emissions without compromising mobility. To achieve Carbon Free Transportation, they have created world class electric vehicle technology for ‘last mile transportation’ (i.e. movement of people and goods from a transport hub to a final destination). Designed especially for India and other developing countries, imagined and created in India and, 100% made in India, this technology is ushering in a new age of powerful, efficient and affordable last mile mobility. 

Ambee provides accurate, hyperlocal air-quality data in real time, improving lives, productivity, business outcomes and even public health and governance. Ambee’s data is used in countries and industries across the world.  As a testbed participant, Ambee will collaborate with the Indian Institute of Science to assess the environmental and social impacts of the Clean Air Street.  

Atmospheric Sensors Ltd. (ASL) is a young company vigorously exploiting a new, digital approach to gas sensor management that allows aggregation of a range of sensing technologies to achieve enhanced reliability, sensitivity and selectivity. Two of the principal product lines address ambient air quality, which is monitored by fixed site units and by wearable monitors, respectively, each deploying the multi-technology approach, which is the core signature of the company’s products 

ASL will provide 2 wearable sensors for the duration of the Clean Air testbed to measure personal ‘hyper-local’ exposure conditions experienced by urban dwellers in a cost-effective manner. ASL will collaborate with the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru, to visualise and bring the data to life. 

BuymyEV’s IoT-enabled cloud-connected electric bikes on a subscription model provide mobility solutions for first/last/short-mile commute. Their mission is to make hyperlocal commute clean, green & tech-driven. 

BuymyEV’s eBikes are a clean mobility solution, designed for commuters with an aim to reduce carbon emissions in polluted cities. To accelerate progress in tackling the challenge of urban air pollution, BuymyEV is also looking to collect air quality data by fitting sensors on the vehicles. 

Elon Motors Engineering works towards creating sustainable urban mobility. They believe in pedal-assisted electric bicycles as the future of urban transportation. They develop specific use cases addressing different segments of the market. The company currently has two models – AURITA F (a folding e-bike) and AURITA C (a cargo e-bike). 

Elon Motors will promote active mobility and sustainable transport behaviours by allowing citizens to test their products during the Clean Air Street activities. 

Greendzine is a Bengaluru based product company that specialises in electric vehicles for leisure, personal use and industrial application. Currently, Greendzine has six product variants in the market, this includes a charger, bidirectional vehicle and liquid battery.  

Greendzine’s bidirectional vehicle is already being used in warehouses. The vehicle costs include additional features designed for industry, such as a path optimisation algorithm, barcode scanner, analytics platform and package sorting. 

JAL manufacture indoor and outdoor devices (“Prkruti”) that use low-power IoT sensors to monitor air pollution and weather conditions. Their mission is to make citizens aware of the impact of poor air quality and help them adjust their routines to mitigate these adverse effects. 

JAL will provide 3 fixed sensors that will be deployed during the Clean Ais Street. In doing so, JAL hopes to collaborate with government agencies and key stakeholders and provide the city and its citizens with the tools needed to understand, improve and manage air quality.  

Mastiebikes is targeting young people with an affordable, versatile and durable electric bike. By driving adoption amongst a younger demographic, Mastiebikes aims to embed a new set of transport behaviours into this generation, helping reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Their bike, which is manufactured entirely in India, has a battery with an excellent storage capacity and which is easy to swap in and out, reducing concerns about running out of charge. 

Mastiebikes will promote active mobility and sustainable transport behaviours by allowing citizens to test their products during the Clean Air Street activities. 

Transvahan Technologies is a growing business, engaged in providing sustainable mobility solutions: manufacturing batteryoperated electric vehicles and automotive components, as well as offering consulting and training solutions in the automotive, clean-tech and aerospace sectors. The company offer green transport solutions designed with societal needs in mind. Their E-Carts have now been modified for new applications such as solid waste management and use in food courts. 

Watch the video of The Clean Air Street launch on 7th November 2020

 

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