The “(W)E-nose“ network currently was initially relying on close to 100 electronic sensors, used to identify the nature and location of odours so that action can be taken more quickly. It has been rolled out in the Rotterdam Rijnmond area, and its coverage area was extended to 250 sensors in 2017. The network is designed to protect the health and safety of people living or working in the area.
While the Port of Rotterdam has played a leading role, it sees the project as a joint effort based on cooperation with the local environmental authority (DCMR Milieudienst Rijnmond), the companies present at the port, the City of Rotterdam and the other municipalities concerned.
The project also represents an opportunity for dialogue with the population. A platform has been set up for consultation with local residents and the private sector.