The SharedAirDFW Network debuted this week, the result of a three-year high-tech collaboration between several entities including Dallas County and UT Dallas that provides increased, more precise air quality monitoring than what had previously been available in the area. It involves eight Particulate Matter (PM) air pollution monitors located from Richardson to Southern Dallas and Mesquite to Fort Worth, and is the first regional hyperlocal air monitoring network in Texas and one of only a few in the U.S. The network allows residents, researchers and policymakers to better pinpoint pollution plumes and health risks.

All the monitors, built at the Physics Laboratory at UT Dallas, take measurements every few seconds. Air pollution data collected, along with information from the EPA and DFW Purple Air monitors, are displayed in real time on a digital map accessible online, 24 hours a day.