NEW DELHI:State-run telecom BSNL has signed an agreement with Nokia to jointly market and deploy smart poles that will detect pollution levels and alert the offices concerned, amid growing concerns over worsening air quality.
“We have signed an agreement with Nokia to jointly market and deploy smart poles across the country. These smart poles are capable of detecting pollution levels and alert the concerned office for timely action. It will also sense pollution level in air where stubble burning takes place,” BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava said at the India Mobile Congress.
Air quality in the national capital deteriorated Friday, gradually inching towards the ‘severe’ category, as parts of the massive Bhalswa landfill site continued to smoulder.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded the overall Air Quality Index of Delhi at 358 this morning, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category.
Air pollution in Delhi is also attributed to stubble burning in neighbouring states.
Shrivastava said that BSNL has initially purchased 50 smart poles from Nokia for Rs 46 lakh a unit. These smart poles will also work as mobile towers, wifi hotspot, street lighting and surveillance.
“Both BSNL and Nokia are in talks with municipal bodies for deployment of the smart poles. We are looking at deployment of these poles,” Shrivastava said.