Air pollution is the greatest environmental health threat of our time
90 percent of people globally are living in regions with too high levels of air pollution. This is why, according to the World Health Organisation, air pollution is the greatest environmental health threat of our time. The World Bank, too, is putting increasing focus on smog due to its large economic impacts.
And yet, due to aged legacy technology, we have little to no data about the real levels of air quality from the places were we live and work. This also makes it harder to implement the right measures to curb air pollution and to monitor their impact and success.
Citizen involvement helps close measurement gaps
New technologies like our lower cost air quality sensors can help to gather more data, make smarter decisions and close measurement gaps. More air quality data helps us to understand the connection between emission sources, pollution dispersion in the urban landscape and the successes of clean air action. This results in better and more impactful clean air action plans. Often we are lacking access to the best potential locations to measure air quality data – and you as a citizen can help!
A global network of volunteers for hyperlocal air quality data
In our projects we measure “immission data”; that is data about the amounts of air pollution that we are actually exposed to in our daily lives. This is why there no better place to measure air quality than your window!
Breeze Technologies works with citizens world-wide to close measurement gaps and make public air quality data accessible. And we want you to become part of our movement!
Our air quality sensors are comprised of multiple sensor modules to detect the different pollutants in our air, a microprocessor and a communication module. They are measuring current air quality levels every 30 seconds. Depending on the project, they are equipped with either a WiFi module (and require access to a local WiFi network) or send their data via cellular connection to us. The sensor is an electrical device and needs to be plugged into a power outlet to work (it only consumes minimal amounts of power).
Do you have a suitable location for an air quality sensor outside of your apartment? Then please click on “Become a sensor host” and leave your contact details.