Control system for critical points in controlled burns in the sugar industry in Guatemala

Deployment of a sensor network to control waste-burning activities through real-time monitoring and control the impact generated.


The activities of the sugar sector in the southern coastal area of Guatemala are summarized in the cultivation and cutting of sugarcane. Cutting activities involve the burning of residues, which are coordinated through the Controlled Burning System. This system requires verification of environmental conditions to ensure that the activity is carried out safely and without repercussions for nearby receptors.

Therefore, Guatemalan Sugar Producers Association – ASAZGUA needs to implement an air quality monitoring system in order to detect and implement preventive measures in the face of possible scenarios that represent a risk to the population and the environment.


Deployment of a network of Kunak AIR Pro stations powered by solar panels to control waste burning activities through real-time monitoring and identify impact situations generated by sugar industry activities.


Provision of accurate and reliable data on the behaviour of air quality during the harvest season (sugarcane cutting) and the non-harvest season (sugarcane growth), contributing mainly to the identification of critical points during controlled burning activities.

  • Analysis of micro-implementation of monitoring stations according to the technical guidelines of the USEPA air quality handbook.
  • Deployment of a sensor network with wireless communication during five years of project duration.
  • Real-time monitoring of critical points during controlled burning activities.
  • Cloud-based system for remote network operation and threshold management.
  • Data reporting and reporting to obtain representative air quality samples.