MoU inked to check pollution through artificial intelligence

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PATNA: The state will now use artificial intelligence and remote sensing technology to spy the main sources of air pollution and take action against the violators.
To begin with the new initiative, the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Under the MoU signed online by BSPCB chairman Dr Ashok Kumar Ghosh and India based representative of the UNDP Shoko Noda, the BSPCB would use the Geo AI platform developed by the UNDP Accelerator Lab and the University of Nottingham.
Ghosh told this newspaper that the BSPCB would use the ‘digital solution’ technology for identifying the faulty brick kilns, places of stubble burning and urban areas with loads of pollutants emitted by vehicular traffic in all the 38 districts.
However, the initiative will begin with the brick industry in the state. “Of the total 6,000 brick kilns, about 1,000 are yet to follow the new zigzag technology to check emission of pollutants. As most of them are situated in far remote areas, it was not possible to physically inspect all. Now, the artificial intelligence will pinpoint their location,” said Ghosh.
Though stubble burning is not a common practice in Bihar, some cases were reported from Supaul and Nawada, he said.
The major cause of air pollution in the state is the emission from vehicles, which in the event of traffic congestion and humid weather, increases much. Ghosh said the BSPCB has 11 monitoring stations and 24 under the process of installation. The artificial intelligence technology would, however, help identify the lanes and roads under heavy load of air pollution at different times, he said.
“About 40% of deaths worldwide were due to air, water and soil pollution and the BSPCB, concerned over this fact, has now started using space intelligence to check it in the state,” Ghosh said.

(Excerpt) Read more Here | 2021-02-10 03:30:00

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