INNPACTO: Multi-Lane System for the Detection of Emissions from Circulating Traffic

In the frame of this project, LIR Infrared LAB-UC3M has applied its expertise in gas detection in the development of a prototype for vehicle emission measurement in a multilane road. Project funded by MINECO, IPT-310000-2010-031

the goal of Project INNPACTO “Development of a multilane detection system of Fuel Consumption and Vehicle Emissions”, was to establish a Comprehensive Traffic Management System for impact monitoring of critical areas: environment, energy efficiency (fuel consumption) and traffic safety. LIR-Infrared LAB participation laid in applied its expertise in pollutant gas detection for the development of a prototype for measuring vehicles emissions on transit.


This project goals:

  • To develop a multilane traffic management system based on empirical data collection on real time (intensity, weather conditions, emissions and consumptions associated to a license plate).
  • To know which vehicles emit more pollutants (gross emitters) and to establish concrete policy measures based on their identification.
  • To reduce traffic emissions (CO2, CO, NOx, HC, PM) and upgrade energy efficiency (savings in emissions always lead to lower consumptions).

This prototype is based on an infrared camera equipped with a filter holder, properly designed for gas concentration measurement. This system lies on the gas specific infrared firm that allows long distance detection. In particular, this system has been validated for CO2 and CO measurement.