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The testing of the system ODORTEL was conducted in Taranto in agreement with ARPA Puglia in order to monitor the olfactory annoyance through an innovative tool from November 2013 to the spring of 2016.
Thanks to the ODORTEL system it was possible to eliminate the use of special paper questionnaires entrusted to the population making the data accessible in real time.

ODORTEL® is a telecommunication / receiving system of the olfactory discomfort through which some citizen volunteers, called receptors and georeferenced in the territory, have the possibility, in real time, to communicate the perceived noise.

During the testing, the autosampler ODORPREP® was used to perform the sampling of air to be analyzed by dynamic olfactometry in accordance with standard international technical UNI EN 13725: 2004. The activation of the sampling was subject to passing a threshold (number of calls) preset.
Through olfactometric analysis it was possible to confirm and validate objectively the perception of the receptors in the territory, that have been an active part of the monitoring of plants  that, potentially, can produce olfactory annoyance.

Trial results

The OdorTel® project, in the three years of experimentation, has allowed the digitized management of olfactory annoyance reported by citizens - receptors and has provided information on the magnitude of this annoyance on the territory.
The study of odor events related to meteorological data (wind direction and speed) has also permitted the identification of potential sources of odor emissions in the city of Taranto.

OdorTel Polignano

One of the main goals of ACQUEDOTTO PUGLIESE S.p.A. is the support to the environment protection of the territory. Therefore, in order to support and integrate its activities within the town of Polignano a Mare, together with its awareness that odour is an environmental variable that can deeply influence the quality of life and affect economic activities, Acquedotto ha made available the system ODORTEL® to the citizens of Polignano for the digitized management of reports of olfactory nuisance, possibly generated by the water treatment plant managed by AQP SpA.

The project, active from April 2017 to February 2019, showed a reduction over time of the reports of olfactory nuisance potentially associated with the waste water treatment plant, also thanks to the plant revamping activities. Furthermore, in order to evaluate the performance of the odour control systems a monitoring campaign has been carried out and the obtained data have been integrated with the reports’ data.

Odor.Net Arpa Marche

The Odor.Net Arpa Marche project has been developed for Arpa Marche and it is a customization of the OdorTel® 2.0 platform. The project aims at monitoring the complex territory of the Municipality of Falconara Marittima where there are several specific odour sources.

OdorTel Regione Calabria

Calabria Region, particularly sensitive to odour problems, has assigned the project “Olfactometric Monitoring Service and Evaluation of the odour dispersion in the Municipality of Siderno (RC)” to LEnviroS srl - Spin off of the University of Bari and to Ecocontrol S.r.l. of Catanzaro. As part of this project, the Calabria Region has made the OdorTel 2.0 Smart App application available to the citizens of the Siderno area.