Studies show that asthma, is one of the most frequent causes of absenteeism in schools. This disease, that affects the respiratory tract, can alter sleep, play and other activities necessary for proper child growth. Prevalent in children aged 6 and 7 years old, the total number of children suffering from this chronic disease increased by 75% between 1980 and 1994. And it is predicted to get worse due to deteriorating air quality.
In hopes of alleviating the situation, engineers of the Airalab Rus team had the idea to install a modern automatic sensor provided by Libelium in several play areas. Under the banner of the “Smart yard. Safe environment” project, the Libelium system employs an array of sensors that monitor air quality in the schoolyard. Airalab uses blockchain technology for storing information in a decentralized network. In this case, it allows the state and its citizens to obtain trusted data and use it along with the information from stationary posts.
In addition, the use of blockchain technology for storing information in a decentralized network not only allows the state and its citizens to trust this data but also permits the entrepreneurs to sell air quality information directly to organizations interested in it. This means that there are no intermediary bypassing bureaucratic procedures, which makes it possible to recoup the cost of installing sensors.
About the analysis of data from the sensor installed in the yard, Airalab engineers are sure that their research is useful and necessary. Also, there is a plan to go beyond the scope of air condition research only at one point of the city by installing a whole network of sensors. In this regard, the future for the project are as follows:
- public opinion research about possible places for installation of sensors
- appealing to the relevant departments for comments on the results obtained
- continuation of the project not only in terms of installing a larger number of sensors but also combining them into a network capable of conducting online monitoring of the air quality in the city of Togliatti.
According to those involved, this project shows how the Internet of Things can have double benefits: to be used for local governments to help their citizens and to open new markets by buying-selling data. For more details, the case study and visit Libelium.