Developed by scientists at the University of California, San Diego, CitiSense allows users to access pollution data on their smartphones, laptops or home computers. The pollution monitoring system features certain sensors that measure the air quality in your vicinity and project the same on your screens via a color-coded scale – from red to green.
The portable device could help asthmatic patients to analyze the air quality before they finally decide to step out of their abodes. The device can successfully detect pollutants like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone and accordingly, allow users to gather data regarding the urban pollution. Successfully tested on 30 users for four weeks, the device helped them have a better picture of air pollutants’ behavior in urban areas.
Researchers further plan to deploy wireless networks by using CitiSense devices, which could transfer the pollution related data to central computers, or the public health agencies.