AirTracker delivers localised real-time air-quality readings and will gather air quality data.

The design journey for AirTracker started when I saw Australian farmers protesting against pollution caused by fracking on their land. I realised that people don’t have any information about the air they are breathing. I envisaged a solution – to deploy sensors and provide real-time air quality measurements on a website and on a mobile app.

With commercial air quality equipment being so expensive, bulky, and hard to deploy without power infrastructure, there is a real barrier standing in the way of providing valuable air quality to people, where and when they need it.

The AirTracker team have utilised leading IoT design principles to break these barriers and provide a small and low cost air quality sensor array which runs on a solar battery, so it needs no power connection, and can be put almost anywhere.

Furthermore, with traditional sensing equipment, there is often a great deal of latency between when the data is collected, and when it is actually available. AirTracker utilises the global IoT network, SigFox, to make the collected data available almost immediately, so users can get the latest state of their environments any time they need it.

 

AirTracker is an ideal solution for a wide range of sectors including:

 
 
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Councils

Councils have a key agenda of wanting to provide the best quality of life for their residents, but rarely have a means of accessing air quality data specific to their local communities. AirTracker will allow councils to gather vital air quality metrics to help ensure that their residents can maintain a high quality of life, especially when considering city planning. The opportunity for internet enabled public access of this data further allows councils to empower their residents with the knowledge and desire to reduce their environmental footprint.

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Transport Infrastructure

With ongoing transport infrastructure improvements to accommodate increasing urbanisation, transport planners are constantly needing to plan route redirection for traffic during works. The impact to local residents (aside from increased traffic) is increased noise pollution, particulates, and vehicle exhausts. Planners have no means of gathering this data effectively, a adjusting detours accordingly. AirTracker offers a means to understand the impact of traffic redirection on local air and noise pollutions.

 
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Construction

Construction sites are a high risk zone for noise pollution and particulate exposure unless the correct protective equipment is worn. AirTracker can allow site managers to better specify the required protective equipment and empower site staff to understand their pollutant exposure and adhere to the required safety guidelines. It can further assist with ensuring that these pollutants are well contained within the construction site, and local residents are not impacted adversely.

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Industry

Events leading to pollutant escape in industry are often hard to detect in time and more importantly, to quantify and trace. AirTracker allows industrial operators in metal refineries, petrochemical, and mining to detect leak events early, quantify exposure in real time, and trace the leaks back to their source. This is vital for minimising the risk of air pollution near industrial zones.