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Cleaning up the air we breathe

Siemens Mobility introduces Clean Air Zones (CAZ)
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According to the World Health Organisation, over four million people die every year from the effect of low air quality, with 75% of pollutants believed to be caused by vehicle emissions.

In the UK, air pollution is one of the most significant environmental risks to human health. Our innovative and highly secure solutions for improving air quality are modular and future-proof, and are helping cities around the world to address a range of air quality issues.  Let us help you meet your air quality targets by exploring and implementing our intelligent solutions.  

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Clean Air Zones

Taking the initiative

Cities and urban areas around the world are experiencing ever-growing volumes of traffic and congestion. As a result, air quality levels are becoming a major concern, with national governments and local authorities increasingly taking measures to improve them. In the UK, air pollution is widely recognised as the most significant environmental risk to human health in the UK, and the fourth biggest threat overall - after cancer, heart disease and obesity. There are a number of initiatives already in place to help tackle many of the sources of air pollution - for example, London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). A further five councils across the UK are also set to introduce Clean Air Zones (CAZs) having been identified by a DEFRA study to identify cities in the UK which were likely to miss EU air quality targets by 2020. Such schemes are highly effective in targeted locations to incentivize and/or regulate driver behaviour. Clean Air Zones are part of a broader strategy to improve the air we breathe but also improves the way we move around our cities.
Clean Air Zones

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Leeds and Birmingham Clean Air Zones

With every city facing unique challenges, clean air zones can be implemented in a variety of ways to boost their effectiveness.  Siemens Mobility is working with Leeds and Birmingham City Councils - the first UK cities to design, supply, install, operate and maintain a clean air zone monitoring and enforcement solution.


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In 2019 the UK government announced its 'net zero' climate change initiative - setting a target for the UK to cut greenhouse gas emissions and legislating for an end to its part in global warming by 2050.  The implications of this programme are clearly far-reaching, meaning that harmful emissions from transport, homes, farming and industry will all have to be either completely eliminated, or in difficult cases, offset by planting trees or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

The problem with today's cities

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

Cities and urban areas around the world are experiencing ever-growing volumes of traffic and congestion. As a result, air quality levels are becoming a major concern, with national governments and local authorities increasingly taking measures to improve them.

The purpose of the ULEZ is to improve air quality in and around Central London by reducing the number of older, more polluting cehicles that enter the central zone. 

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced in 2019 and means that most vehicles must either meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge to travel within the zone.  Siemens Mobility software is at the heart of ULEZ, integrating with the existing roadside sensors and ANPR cameras which form part of Transport for London's established congestion charging scheme.  

The system identifies and registers every vehicle that enters the ULEZ - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.  This information is then transmitted to a data centre where Siemens Mobility software determines the compliance of the vehicle based on its emissions profile.  

Ultra-Low Emission Zone Case Study - London, United Kingdom

Understand more about how Siemens Mobility is helping London to take a step towards a healthier, more sustainable future.

Siemens Mobility provided the TfL ULEZ enforcement system in London on a Design, Build, Operate and Maintain basis, covering both the roadside equipment and central IT instation.  A central IT instation service management centre is operated on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis by a dedicated Siemens Mobility team with our maintenance engineers providing local 1st and 2nd line support.  3rd line support is provided by technical experts at Siemens Mobility in Poole, UK.


The system is integrated with the roadside sensors and ANPR cameras which form part of TfL's existing Congestion Charging scheme.  ANPR cameras identify and register every vehicle that enters the ULEZ - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  This information is then transmitted to a dedicated and secure Siemens Mobility data centre, where our ULEZ instation software determines the compliance of the vehicle.


The system is capable of processing an immense volume of data, which has to be processed and stored in such a way it can be used as a basis for notifications of charges and penalties.  The information the system processes has to constitute a strong basis of evidence. Vehicle data from the ANPR camera network is also used by TfL for scheme analysis and reporting, and to assist with their traffic management operations.

Facts & figures

With reductions calculated in CO2, PM2.5, NOx, NO2 and non-compliant vehicles it's clear to see the impact Siemens Mobility's Ultra Low Emission Zone has had on London's air pollution problem.











Source: Mayor of London 2019, Central London Ultra Low Emission Zone - Six Month Report, Greater London Authority,

A breath of fresh air for today's cities

Low Emission Zone

Low Emission Zone is a breath of fresh air for today's busy towns and cities, because cities account for over 80% of CO2 emissions worldwide. Society's growing and justifiable concerns about noise and pollution from high-emission vehicles and traffic congestion need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Low Emission Zone from Siemens is one of the key solutions.

Low Emission Zone - Reducing pollution where it matters

Low Emission Zone is a flexible, automatically enforced solution taht uses best-in-class ANPR technology to search vehicle databases.  It monitors and controls the passing of highly polluting vehicles through designated geographic areas - a modular, innovative, highly secure and efficient solutions that is helping to address city air quality problems. 

How Low Emission Zone works in practice

  • Traffic managers and planners determine the zones where pollution management will be required and the class of vehicles they would like to exclude.
  • Working in consultation with you, Siemens Mobility installs Sicore ANPR cameras and air quality measuring equipment, using existing street infrastructure where possible.
  • The roadside equipment communicates directly with the Siemens cloud-based IT infrastructure, avoiding unnecessary cabling.
  • As part of the Low Emission Zone Service, Siemens Mobility offers predictive data for traffic and pollution, helping you as decision makers, implement the appropriate air quality strategy.
  • Siemens Low Emission Zone can be integrated to existing customr back-office billing solutions.
  • Siemens will be on hand to provide advice and subsequent system alterations to ensure that the solution continues to satisfy service requirements and effectively reduces pollution.  
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Low Emission Zone: Community Benefits

  • Offers demonstrable air quality improvements
  • No client IT infrastructure required
  • Can be installed using existing street furniture
  • Low cost implementation and annual subscription
  • Almost infinitely scalable
  • Very low incidence of offender evasion
  • High quality Siemens service level agreements
  • Europe-wide coverage and support
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Low Emission Zone

Noise and pollution from the high-emission vehicles and traffic congestion needs to be addressed - London was the first city in the UK to rely on Siemens Low Emission Zone.