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:
CNet has developed a Sensor field kit to monitor air pollutants within urban areas. The field kits can measure different pollutants and transmit their location where the measurement is taken to visualize the current level of different pollutants within the area. The data is stored and the GoEasy App can visualize historical readings at different points-of-interest. The new generation of field kits can measure small and larger particles as well as NO2 and are can be used walking, cycling or motorized modes of transportation. The field kits run on an external batteries which enables measuring and transmitting data for several days. The new generation of field kits will be deployed in a Pilot in Stockholm collecting data to generate a pollution map of the city.
GoEasys AsthmaWatch app combines Galileo satellite positioning data with live air quality monitoring data to offer people with asthma and other lung-related diseases a fine-grained air quality map of their city. As basis of several services of AsthmaWatch like early warnings of areas with low air quality, best route selection regarding pollution, current and historic pollution rendering at specific points of interest, aiming at improving life quality for people with asthma and other lung-related diseases.
The GoEasy data collection platform was extended to include data from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). CAMS is one of six services of Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme, which is based on a set of satellites and ground-based observation stations. Data from CAMS is available as Gridded Binary (GRIB) files, a standard used in meteorology. It provides weather data up to three days into the future. In GoEasy we have developed advanced translation software to translate GRIB data into a JSON-based format like OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) so that the complex GRIB format can easily be integrated and used in any IoT application. The AsthmaWatch smartphone app already showed the current level of different pollutants and visualized historical readings at a certain point-of-interest. Now it has been extended to also provide users with an instant 3-day forecast, including 8 different pollens, 5 pollutants, solar radiation and temperature.
Peter Rosengren from CNet represented the GOESY project on the Innovation and Networking Days on 11th November 2019 Bonn, Germany, hosted by FIT – Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology and co-organised by the partner LINKS and the Centre for Research and Technology CERTH (Greece).
This venue offers to innovators from industry, research and public administrations, the opportunity to meet, share, discuss and attend technical presentations. The first day was focused on Smart Citys and Energy, a perfect framework for GOEASY, which was presented at the networking and poster session by partners FIT and CNET. Interesting discussions about the technical aspects of the AsthmaWatch pilot and on engagement strategy led to investigate how to motivate citizens to behave more sustainable.
GOEASY received attention from many participants for its innovative approach towards building sustainable cities through objective data collection as well as dealing with privacy issues, in order to achieve progress in promoting healthy and sustainable behaviour. Participants have also acknowledged GOEASY’s potential for direct and indirect economic contributions through improving health conditions of asthma patients, thereby reducing health-related expenses.
The first version of the GoEasy mobile IoT sensing gateway is now available. It is equipped with a Galileo-receiver, an air quality sensor, a sound level sensor and a communication chip.
The gateway is designed to be mounted on bicycles and electrical scooters. The sensors in this gateway continuously measure the NO2 level and the sound level. The measurements are transmitted using NB-IoT (Narrow-band IoT) to the GoEasy cloud. The Galileo chip gives the precise position where the measurements are taken while the vehicles are moving. The GoEasy gateway run on battery or can be powered through a USB Connection to an electrical bike or scooter battery. When a sufficient number of vehicles are collecting data in the city, GoEasy will be able to create a complete air and sound pollution map in realtime over the city. This data will form the basis for development of a new generation services for citizens.
The first service is AsthmaWatch, which will help and guide asthmatic people to avoiding polluted areas in the city. A first test of the GoEasy gateway will start during May in the cities of Copenhagen and Stockholm.
The GOEASY project aims to enables a new generation of trusted and dependable mass-market Location Based Services and Applications. The project grouped to create the technical and business foundations required for a new generation of trusted and dependable mass-market Location-Based Services (LBS) and Applications for engaging, stimulating and rewarding citizens for more sustainable behaviours.
This will be realised by an open eco-system built upon unique Galileo features (such as increased trust and improved availability) and leveraging open standards and platforms enablers to federate with existing authentication and e-security services, the Internet of Things (IoT), Smart City and Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPs) and exploiting EGNSS features for increased trust and improved availability.