Air pollution induced respiratory diseases are rapidly increasing in large cities. Treatment of diseases caused by air pollution is estimated to cost approximately 2% of GDP in developed countries and 5% in developing countries. AsthmaWatch, developed in the GOEASY project incorporates a Galileo based secure mobile air quality monitoring platform into a mobile smartphone app that enables users to identify places and pollutants that they can avoid. Every day outdoor air quality changes on a street-by-street basis. By crowdsourcing air quality information from mobile sensors, the app helps citizens proactively avoid unhealthy environments.
Pollution varies in location and distribution strongly related to the weather and people suffering from Asthma or from pollen allergies can use detailed forecast data to avoid highly polluted areas to avoid negative impacts on their health. AsthmaWatch visualizes measured pollution for the Stockholm area providing detailed forecasts and rout recommendations based on pollution data: