The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 92% of the global population live in areas with pollution levels that are above safe limits. Here are ten companies that have entered the market to measure the air quality, climate, and weather of our smart cities. With their help, all of us can make better decisions to maintain our health and safety.
Launched in 2010 in San Francisco, Aclima has created a network of sensors that measure temperature, light, humidity, atmospheric pressure, noise, TVOC, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen monoxide, ozone, methane/ethane, black carbon, ultrafine particles, PM 2.5, PM 10, sulfur dioxide, and more.
The air quality data can be collected to monitor both outdoor and indoor health indicators. Their mission is to improve the health of people and therefore improve the planet.
Just as lichens are bio-indicators for air pollution, eLichens act as digital markers for air quality in general. They have been based in France since 2014 and have raised €3 million, or about $3.6 million.
Their focus is to make their data hyper-local wherever people might be. They detect, monitor, coach, and predict air quality in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Raising just over $2 million since 2014, Clarity Movement claims to have the world’s most accurate low-cost particulate matter sensor.
They also deploy thousands of air quality sensors around cities to monitor air pollution at a community level. Based in Berkley, California, the founders graduated from the HAX Accelerator.
Having raised nearly $10 million since 2012, Understory is named after the area of a rainforest under the canopy of trees. Usually, weather observers monitor atmospheric conditions, but Understory measures weather events at ground level.
Their surface level measurements of wind, rain, hail, and other weather phenomena provide a more robust and accurate view of weather patterns. The data is targeted at the agriculture, insurance, utility, and broadcasting industries.
Founded in 2006 and based in Spain, Libelium provides devices that are open-source and low-power. Their products are modular and easily integrated into third party systems. Their Waspmote sensor platform is open source and can use more than 120 sensors to monitor gases, motion, weather, etc.
They have worked with service providers who use their equipment as well as citizen scientists to improve and spread their platform.
Ambience Data was started in 2014 in Toronto Canada. They have a complete air quality system that includes indoor, outdoor, and industrial monitoring of temperature, weather, air quality, water levels, water quality, and other parameters.
Users can access the data with maps, analytics, and reports.
Having raised nearly $5 million, BreezoMeter is based in Israel. They are helping to refine environmental data to an actionable point and make it accessible to people around the world via products they already interact with on a daily basis. BreezoMeter can help parents choose a park and runners choose a path with the cleanest air.
They can even connect your car so that it rolls the windows up when driving through an area of elevated pollution levels. With a more intuitive user experience, they hope to make air quality data as integral as weather data is today. Do you really know what is in the air you breathe?
The company started in 2014 with the intention of gathering air quality data from as many people as possible. They developed the Air Report to aggregate the data, and 73% of their users report changing their behavior as a result of the app. The app covers more than 150 cities worldwide such as New-Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Paris, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo.
Now, they are ready to launch their personal air quality sensor, Flow. It’s a small handheld device that almost looks like a microphone. With it, users can have real time data about their immediate surroundings. They have raised about $4.5 million and are based in France.
With nearly $8 million in funding, LinkLabs launched in 2013 by engineers formerly of the US Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and telecommunications industry. So, almost everything they do is government grade.
In this case, that's definitely a good thing, especially with their security. They track environmental conditions as well as assets such as people, vehicles, robots, and animals. And, they are building a modular ecosystem of smart devices that can communicate over long distances with low power.
Aeroqual is a New Zealand-based company founded in 2001 to improve sensor-based air quality monitoring with a focus on ozone measurements.
They have expanded to more than 50 countries worldwide, and they have worked with large organizations such as Samsung, Vale, and NASA. Although they are an older business, they continue to innovate in the market.