2 March 2021
ACOEM: Helping Oslo maintain pristine air quality by ensuring authorities have accurate data
ACOEM AB (Sweden) have built and installed a complete air quality monitoring station in Oslo, Norway, despite heavy pandemic restrictions. In May 2020, ACOEM AB won the opportunity, despite fierce competition, to work with a local authority in Oslo.
A game-changer for Oslo’s air quality monitoring
The brand-new shelter was commissioned during the peak of the pandemic, which indicated that air quality monitoring was a high priority for Norway. The order was for a complete walk-in measurement station that was to be equipped with the ACOEM Ecotech Serinus 40 and the Palas Fidas 200 particulate monitor.
The station was to be set up in an area of Oslo that the customer suspected had high levels of air pollution that could be harmful to the surrounding community. Prior to this, there had been no other system available to monitor the levels of air pollution that was occurring there. This meant that the tailored shelter, made specifically for this situation, was changing the game for Oslo’s air quality monitoring.
Border Closures & Restrictions Not a Barrier to Meeting Customer Needs
The order was made at a time when Covid restrictions were in place and offices were closing for summer vacation. Despite that, the ACOEM AB team were able to complete the build of the station in order to meet the deadline. The next challenge arose when it was time to transport and install the station at the customers site in Oslo, as borders between Sweden and Norway had been closed since March 2020.
Transportation by road was decided as the best option and it took three weeks from the completion of the build of the station, to its arrival at the site for installation. As the team were unable to travel to the site, they came up with an innovative solution to ensure that the deadline could be met.
ACOEM Customer Lends a Helping Hand
ACOEM Nordic Business Manager Mikael Ramstrom, decided to enlist the help of an experienced operator, based in Norway.
“I contacted a valuable customer who I have had a relationship with for over 25 years, who had experience using both the Serinus 40 and the Palas Fidas 200. I explained the obstacles we were facing, and they agreed to become a part of our team and volunteer their time to install the station at the customers site,” said Mikael.
A video link and WhatsApp chat were used to guide the volunteer team in carrying out the installation of the station, including the initial checks and set up of the instruments. The volunteer teams pre-existing knowledge of the Serinus 40 and the Palas Fidas 200 enabled the ACOEM team to ensure that the job was completed to the usual high standards that ACOEM Group customers have become accustomed to.
To find out more about whether the Serinus 40 or the Palas Fidas 200 could be the best choice for your environmental monitoring needs, visit the ACOEM Ecotech website at www.ecotech.com/about-us/nordic, email [email protected] or call on +46 31 706 28 00.