4 December 2015 – Dr. Mehdi Moeinaddini, Dr. Zahid Sultan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zaly Shah from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, won three (3) awards – a gold medal, Special Award and 4th. Best Project at the Malaysian Research Conference and Innovation Exhibition 2015 (MRCIE 2015) for their innovative Smart Environment Monitoring (SEM) device.

Other team members that were involved in the project are Mahmood Safaei, and Dr Hassan Chizari.

The Smart Environmental Monitoring (SEM) device aims to improve the existing device, namely, the  Reference Method (RM) device and Sensor Based (SB) device. The SEM  is designed using  more efficient approaches, making it to be small in size, with modifiable functions. For instance, the device can be modified based on the number of tested pollutants that a customer needs which can reduce the price significantly. Other functions of SEM include real time measurement (monitoring and transferring data while measuring), smart connectivity (the device can connect with each other and can be controlled from one centre) and smart area (it can be used at different scales from buildings and streets  to the neighbourhoods and cities). SEM can measure major pollutions such as CO2, CO, NO, NO2, SO2, O3, PM2.5 and PM10 in addition to noise pollution, pressure, humidity and temperature.

The conference and innovation exhibition received more than 100 participants from local and international higher learning institutions which include  UTM, UniKL, UM, UPM and several universities from China and Indonesia.  The awards were presented by Professor Edward Sweeney, Professor of Logistics and Head, Engineering System & Management (ESM), School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

The event was organised by the Research and Innovation Section of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Industrials Technology (MITEC).Image Gallery

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