08:02pm Thursday 21 September 2017

Two new ways to know your air

Londoncommuters

The Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s has launched two new free applications to help people to know their air: a new Android version of the popular LondonAir iPhone app; and LondonAir for Chrome, a neat browser extension, which condenses the entire air quality information for London into a few easy to navigate tabs.

The LondonAir website is the prime source of air pollution information for the capital. During pollution incidents, several thousand visitors per day view the latest pollution concentrations, which are updated each hour. These new applications will make it even easier for people to access information on the latest pollution levels across London.

Application designer Andrew Grieve, from the ERG, said: ‘The success of the iPhone app really demonstrated to us that there was a desire from the public to have real-time air quality information in their hand, on the go. Our new app will bring LondonAir to the growing numbers of Android users. Also, many more people use browsers every day at work and at home. We hope our Chrome extension will help Londoners know their air in a really quick and accessible way.’

Dr Gary Fuller from the ERG said: ‘During the Easter smog we sent out over 400,000 notifications to users of our iPhone apps. We hope that these new apps will help people to make simple choices to minimise their exposure to air pollution; choosing to cycle along a quite unpolluted road for example.’

The ERG, part of the School of Biomedical Sciences at King’s, is a leading provider of air quality information and research in the UK. The group combines air pollution science, toxicology and epidemiology to determine the impacts of air pollution on health and the causal factors. Working closely with those responsible for air quality management, the ERG supports policies and actions to minimise air pollution health effects.

Notes to editors:

Android LondonAir app is available  as a free download from the Android Market

LondonAir for Chrome is available as a free download from the Chrome Webstore

More information about current air quality in London can be found at www.londonair.org.uk

For more information about King’s visit our ‘King’s in Brief‘ page.


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