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Smartphones Can Now Monitor Air Pollution Around You

by onFebruary 23, 2015
 

According to the latest news, the Smartphone users are now able to check that where and when the level of air pollution increases at its highest, because the Smartphones can monitor air pollution level around you. As the researchers have developed a new sensing technology through which the Smartphone users would be able to know the air pollution level around them. The scientists of American Chemical Technology have turned the Smartphones into personal and real-time air pollution monitors. The credit of this superb technique absolutely goes to the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona, Spain.The researchers have checked more than 50 school children with Smartphones that could track their location and physical activity level. Moreover, the research added that the children also received small sensors, a micro-aethalometer, to measure black carbon level continuously. They further analyzed that children contribute 13 percent of their total potential in black carbon exposure.

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, along with his colleagues in the CREAL in Barcelona, Spain, have asserted that many studies have investigated people’s exposures to air pollution, which is associated with respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

Concerning about the bad air quality as a big deal for urban areas, the researchers said:

“When local pollution levels go up, the associated health risks also get increase, especially for children and seniors”.

This newest technique will create a picture of air pollution-based exposure whenever the people get outside from their homes. This approach ignores big differences in air quality in schools and working environments.

Nieuwenhuijsen said:

“It also ignores the spikes in pollution that happen over the course of the day such as during rush hours. So we wanted to test technology’s ability to fill in these gaps”

The researchers firmly believe that the mobile technologies could participate the valuable and new insights into the air pollution exposure. Now, the people can be aware with the bad effects of air pollution by using their Smartphones as well as they would secure themselves by avoiding the polluted areas monitored by their phone devices.

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