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.
Today CheckHealth launched RheumaCloud, a service for rheumatologists aiding long-term management of patients. RheumaCloud is designed to help a rheumatologist engaging patients in their own care between visits to the clinic. An intelligent assistant guides and instructs the patient what to do every day based on a health plan provided by the rheumatologist. RheumaCloud continuously visualises the health status for the patients based on their own input. This gives them feedback on progress and stimulates them to follow your therapy, and increases their self-efficacy. RheumaCloud is the result of a long-term collaboration between the Rheumatology department at University Hospital Dusseldorf, UDUS. CheckHealth Sweden is a MedTech company focused on developing and marketing products and services for remote care and patient data collection. CheckHealth Sweden is a subsidiary of CNet.
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 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.
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.