Pigeon Air Patrol to track air quality in London

The Pigeon Air Patrol team is composed by a dozen racing pigeons equipped with a light backpack of a few grammes and containing a pollution sensor and a GPS tracker. The technology was developed by researchers at Plume Labs.

Londoners can ask the Pigeon Air Patrol team to track nitrogen dioxide levels in their area by tweeting @PigeonAir.

The project is looking for 100 people to beta test the new pollution sensor, in partnership with Imperial College London. Cyclists, runners, or pram pushers, who’d like to know about the quality of air in their neighbourhood and how to beat pollution, can join the programme testing a wearable version of the air pollution device.

For more information, you can visit the project website and follow the Twitter account @PigeonAir.