From: ENN
Published September 23, 2005 12:00 AM

Beijing Officials to Use Remote Sensing Technology to help Clean Air for 2008 Olympics

SHANGHAI, China — Officials with the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau (BEPB) will be using advanced Remote Sensing technology to target polluting vehicles and help clean the air as Beijing prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2008. Environmental Systems Products Holdings (ESP) has delivered 5 Remote Sensing Devices (RSDs) the BEPB will deploy throughout Beijing in the coming weeks. The RSDs will identify motor vehicles that are polluting the air. When those vehicles are repaired, tailpipe pollution drops dramatically.


Pioneered by ESP in 1992, remote sensing technology instantly measures tailpipe emissions as motor vehicles pass through ultraviolet and infrared beams. RSDs are the world's quickest and most convenient form of motor vehicle emissions testing. ESP's patented AccuScan(TM) measures vehicle exhaust in less than one second, allowing it to evaluate up to 3,000 vehicles per hour. Stationed along both sides of a road, RSDs instantly analyze motor vehicle exhaust by measuring how much pollution the beams detect.


ESP demonstrated remote sensing technology to the BEPB in May 2005. The system was proven to be an accurate, reliable and efficient way to measure a large number of light and heavy duty vehicles. "ESP is pleased to work with the Beijing government to provide a scientific-based, accurate and efficient technology that has been field-proven worldwide for more than 10 years", said Jeffrey Vogt, Senior Vice President. "We applaud Beijing for this progressive program in using this technology to help reduce auto emissions, and look forward to working with other major municipalities in China to usher in cleaner air for the Olympic Games and beyond."


As the exclusive patent holder of this unique and cost-effective technology, ESP has demonstrated its effectiveness in studies and programs around the world. The use of ESP's remote sensing technology is expanding particularly in Asia, where the dramatic rise in vehicle population growth rates and traffic congestion continue to cause severe excess emissions. The technology is being used in such countries as the United States, Singapore, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, and in Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Motor vehicle emissions are a major source of China's air pollution. Hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), pollutants in motor vehicle exhaust, combine in the presence of heat and sunlight to create ozone, the major ingredient in smog. Motor vehicles also generate an extreme amount of coarse particles of pollution (PM10). Ozone and (PM10) are also major threats to public health in Beijing. It is estimated NOx levels have increased 50% in China in last 10 years.


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About ESP: Based in Connecticut, ESP offers an array of vehicle emissions and safety inspection products and services.


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