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Tech firms partner to provide air pollution data

Crowdsourced air pollution data will also help to build a global map of air pollution

As well as be more pollution aware, commuters can collect data as they travel
As well as be more pollution aware, commuters can collect data as they travel

Nitrogen dioxide limits were repeatedly exceeded in 16 areas of the UK

Public transport users are exposed to a higher level of pollution than car drivers

Commuters in the UK can check the levels of air pollution on their journey thanks to a partnership between public transport app Moovit and CleanSpace air pollution mapping app.


In addition, Moovit users can request to be equipped with CleanSpace Tags, personal air pollution smart sensors designed by Drayson Technologies to collect hyper-local air pollution data as they travel in and around their cities.


Moovit community members equipped with CleanSpace Tags will then be able to crowdsource air pollution data wherever they are, helping to build a global map of air pollution.


The announcement coincides with the UK being issued with an official warning by the EU over rising pollution levels that saw nitrogen dioxide limits repeatedly exceeded in 16 areas including London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Glasgow.


A separate survey undertaken by Surrey University demonstrated public transport users are exposed to far higher levels of pollution than car drivers. It found that tube users are in fact are exposed to eight times more pollution levels than those driving to work.


“It is essential that commuters have easy access to information that plays a direct part in their overall health and wellbeing,” said Yovav Meydad, vice president of product, Moovit. “CleanSpace is an incredibly smart network that allows Moovit users to be pollution aware by tracking the pollution levels along their journey anywhere in the UK.


“The community is also able to contribute to this huge network, mapping air pollution levels across the country, and by carrying a CleanSpace smart sensor they are effectively providing a constant data source to help us track where pollutions levels are high.”


“Drayson Technologies and Moovit are two forward-thinking organisations that recognise how technology can improve our lives,” added Lord Paul Drayson, chairman and CEO, Drayson Technologies.


“With this partnership, we’re combining two areas of innovative technology, crowd-sourced journey planning data and an Internet of Things sensor network, to build information for the benefit of the wider public. Air pollution is a global issue but through the provision of accurate data, we can help improve air quality across the globe.”



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