A pioneering approach to air pollution control and traffic management

Published 28 February 2012      
The Spanish city of Salamanca is currently the testing ground for an innovative system meant to address this concern. The Pervasive Air-quality Sensors Network for an Environmental Friendly Urban Traffic Management (RESCATAME) project was created to give Salamanca’s authorities a better quantitative grasp of the relationship between traffic flow and air pollution so that they might improve their management strategies in both areas.

The Spanish city of Salamanca is currently the testing ground for an innovative system meant to address this concern. The Pervasive Air-quality Sensors Network for an Environmental Friendly Urban Traffic Management (RESCATAME) project was created to give Salamanca’s authorities a better quantitative grasp of the relationship between traffic flow and air pollution so that they might improve their management strategies in both areas.

RESCATAME is designed to integrate the management needs of mobility and air quality into a single urban traffic management model. This model is intended to cut down on episodes of high pollution from traffic while disturbing as little as possible the mobility needs of commuters.

Within the European Union, vehicle emissions are responsible for a large share of total air pollution. And while standards defining permissible emission levels have become stricter in recent years, the risk which air pollution poses to human health remains a concern, particularly for residents of metropolitan areas where vehicle traffic is concentrated.

For this reason the main objective of the RESCATAME project is to accomplish sustainable urban traffic management by using two key elements: a pervasive air-quality sensors network and prediction models.

Another RESCATAME objective is to control pollution level (mainly caused by traffic emissions) that affects cities all over Europe, by supporting Local Authorities in order to achieve an efficient and sustainable urban traffic management in accordance with existing environmental policies and regulations.


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