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 MyAirCoach project has developed a mobile health device and sensor-based approach connected to a patients mobile phone that measures asthma indicators and collects information to support patients and healthcare professionals. Through monitoring asthma indicators and collect a patients physiological, environmental and behavioral information, it helps patients and healthcare professionals to control the effectiveness of asthma treatment and to prevent severe asthma attacks.
CNet developed a mobile app within the project, that enables to use available indoor and outdoor measurements of asthma indicators to assess the air quality and the personal risk to experience an attack. The analysis of the personal risks can aid patients in their self-management and help to avoid severe asthma attacks.
“The purpose of the app is to make life a little easier for asthmatics in Stockholm,” says Peter Rosengren at CNet.
For people with asthma, their inhaler plays a central role in managing the condition. These simple drug delivery devices have been used for decades to deliver medication to the lungs. Regular treatment with inhaled controller medication helps to keep asthma under control and, for some patients, ‘rescue’ or relief medication can limit the impact of an exacerbation (or ‘asthma attack’). The myAirCoach consortium, where CNet is a member, has been working to extend the utility of inhalers by developing adaptors to make inhalers smarter to improve outcomes for patients. Companies, hospitals and universities – in collaboration with patients – have been working to improve inhalers so that we can get as much information as possible about how the patient uses their device and information about the state of the lungs and the immediate environment.
This week we are exhibiting at the CeBIT fair in Hannover. Come by and visit our booth E1 in Hall 8. We are showing solutions for self management and care of asthma together with our colleagues in the myAirCoach project. CNet is showing our award winning smart city solution AsthmaWatch for realtime air pollution guidance to asthma patients.
Yesterday the final in the Open Stockholm Award took place. In total 220 contestants were competing for this prestigious award, and the jury selected our innovative solution AsthmaWatch as the winner! The motivation is that “AsthmaWatch shows a highly innovative use of the city’s open data sources and helps people live a better life”. AsthmaWatch combines IoT sensors and open environmental data to guide asthmatic persons in their daily life to avoid exposure to bad air quality. Read More.
We have launched an iOS app, Open Stockholm, that shows the outdoor air quality and other environmental parameters in different places in Stockholm. The current level of different particles like PM10 and PM2.5 as well as the level of NO2 and Ozone is shown as well as historical values during the day. The app is freely available in AppStore. Search for “Open Stockholm”.
The city of Stockholm recently organised a hackathon to create solutions for innovative smart city services and applications based on available open data sources in Stockholm. CNet participated with a team of 4 developers using the Almanac Smart City IoT Enablers as a development tool. The result was two applications: one establishes the air quality by reading real-time values from air quality sensors around Stockholm, displaying them on a map. The other one, named AsthmaWatch, has more advanced features, enabling a user to blow in a lung capacity meter and checking the lung capacity against the air quality at the closest sensor to the user location, issuing an alert if the area is risky.
The app also checks with the user’s calendar for booked meetings during the day and predicts pollution at the meeting location, issuing warnings if problems might occur.
The AsthmaWatch solution uses the full solution of Almanac Smart City Enablers and more or less involves all aspects of Almanac. AsthmaWatch also integrates with the Swedish National Health Account and CNet’s own home monitoring solution; the LinkWatch ehealth cloud, demonstrating a federated cloud solution. The whole solution was created within less than one week and was very well received in the audience.