EdgePoint Infrastructure with Pessl Instruments GmbH will be rolling out a climate monitoring network, beginning with a pilot project in Penang.
Its arm EdgePoint Towers Sdn Bhd, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Austria-based Pessl Instruments to deploy a network of proprietary meteorological devices for city climate monitoring, supported by its on-ground presence for site acquisition and management.
The pilot rollout – introduced via a Data-as-a-Service model, will be centred in Georgetown involving a minimum of six strategically located sites, serving as proof of concept ahead of potential expansion across multiple cities. Starting with a six-month evaluation period, the project aims to determine the optimal equipment rollout to precisely measure, forecast and model city climate in real-time and for future scenarios, to create a reliable information basis for potential use by city planners, decision-makers, and residents.
By commencing a proof of concept study, we hope to get buy-in from the authorities to implement the climate monitoring system across cities,” commented Muniff Kamaruddin, Chief Executive Officer of EdgePoint Towers Sdn Bhd.
Its partner, Pessl Instruments offers a complete range of wireless, solar-powered monitoring systems applicable in all climate zones, for a variety of industries and purposes – from agriculture to research, hydrology, meteorology, flood warning and more. The pilot project in Penang will see the application of its new method of monitoring and managing city climate risks in an equatorial climate. The method was developed in partnership with Meteoblue from Switzerland and previously trialled in Europe in Zurich, Basel and Tallinn.
Pessl Instruments’ city climate monitoring system enables governments to address a range of pressing urban challenges, such as heat wave management, flood warnings, and air pollution assessment, allowing for real-time climate monitoring and the modelling of climate change and city planning scenarios. In turn, the urban authorities can more effectively modify city infrastructure to mitigate climate challenges, disseminate accurate and effective forecasts and warnings on weather impact to keep residents safe and protect infrastructure and resources, while longer-term data collection and scenario modelling can inform decision-making by city planners.