Understanding urban air pollution and the impact it has on citizens health is fundamental to city government and planning. Current sophisticated, expensive air pollution monitoring technology is not economically sustainable as the sole approach and cannot keep up with current needs. This is where Connexin comes in.
people die a year in Europe alone due
to poor air quality
people die globally each year due to poor air quality
What is urban air pollution?
Urban air pollution is a complex mix of gases and particulate matter that negatively affect communities living in and around urban areas. It’s most recognisable by that thick brown haze which blankets cities across the world, especially in summer, known as photochemical smog. These gases and matters are very dangerous and can lead to death.
Inhalation of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) can impair lung function and increase susceptibility to infection, particularly in children. It can also aggravate asthma. NO2 is not only a toxic gas but it is also a precursor to several harmful secondary air pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter. It also plays a role in the formation of acid rain and photochemical smog.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic, odourless gas. If inhaled, it will displace oxygen from the haemoglobin molecule in our blood and lead to severe disability or even death. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a toxic gas with a strong irritating smell. Inhaling sulfur dioxide has been associated with respiratory disease and difficulty breathing. It is also a precursor to acid rain and atmospheric particulates.
In 2013, the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified particulate matter (PM) as carcinogenic to humans, responsible for the deaths of 3.7 million people worldwide per year. PM10 (particles ≤ 10 microns) is a criteria pollutant and is a serious health risk because PM10 particles can penetrate the lungs. PM2.5 (particles ≤ 2.5 microns) is also a criteria pollutant which has even greater health impact due to risk of penetration deeper into the respiratory system. Research has linked particulate pollution to lung and heart disease, strokes, cancer, and reproductive harm.
Temperature & Humidity
All of these gases and matters ultimately affect temperature and humidity around us. Poor temperature and humidity can cause fatigue and expose you to a wide range of adverse health conditions.
Our Smart Environment solution combines data from different sensors to show real-time value for different environment parameters to help cities manage key environmental triggers such as pollution, weather, and more. A city’s environmental conditions have a huge bearing on the quality of life for its citizens. Air, noise, and water quality sensors can help enable monitoring of key environmental metrics to better inform short-term and long-term response plans.
Provides real-time values of various environmental parameters such as: NO, NO2, CO, CO2, O3, SO2, PM2P5, Lux and noise.
Have full visibility of all environmental information in one dashboard (CityOS). Aggregate data from multiple vendors for a unified view.
Listen to what your city is saying to you. Take early action with forecasting tools for simulations and real-time predictions.
Enable citizens to access the information for optimal timings on travel and outdoor activities.
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How does it work?
Smart Environmental monitoring enables cities to view real-time, hyperlocalized environmental conditions such as air quality. This can then be used to leverage positive improvement.
Data in the Connexin CityOS platform can be used for predictive modelling and space monitoring.
Citizens are able to access via a Mobile App and Webpage real-time data on key environmental metrics such as pollution.
This can then be used to help them better understand their impact on the environment. It can also be used to support their decision making when interacting with the city, for example when choosing their route to work.