A new app can pinpoint exactly where you are – say Times Square – and let you know the air quality at that precise moment. A new app can pinpoint exactly where you are – say Times Square – and let you know the air quality at that precise moment. A new app can pinpoint exactly where you are – say Times Square – and let you know the air quality at that precise moment. (Photo: Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock)

Concerned about air pollution in your area? New tech lets you breathe easier

Find the best places to live, exercise and play with BreezoMeter.

We breathe 12,000 liters of air daily, which is the equivalent of filling 75 bathtubs.

"We’re learning that air pollution can harm even the healthiest among us – people whose lung function is diminished by exposure to ground level ozone, for example,” Molly Rauch, public health policy director for Moms Clean Air Force, told From the Grapevine.

Now, an innovative technology developed by a team out of Israel wants to make the invisible visible and help people regardless of their age or health status make informed decisions about where and what they inhale. This crucial information will help guide users on where to buy a house for their family, which park to take their children to play or the best route to run those five miles, said Ziv Lautman, cofounder of BreezoMeter.

BreezoMeter displays real-time air quality data right down to street level. The sleek, intuitive website and app offers personalized health recommendations on how to minimize exposure to damaging air quality and provides an air quality heat map to help choose the best places to go.

Seeing the impact the technology can have on a global level, BreezoMeter has received acclaim from the highest levels. The U.N. Economic Commission for Europe named them a finalist for the UNECE Ideas for Change Award, and the White House picked them to be one of 72 entrepreneurs worldwide to attend the Global Emerging Entrepreneurs Event in May.

Just by typing in a zip code, landmark or street address, BreezoMeter shares vital health details based on air quality and weather measurements from thousands of sources. For example, on a recent morning in Los Angeles, at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, it suggested: “You should look for an alternative area with better air quality to work out,” under the fitness category. For the same location in the health section, BreezoMeter says, “People with health sensitivities should be prepared for minor respiratory difficulties.”

Conversely, on that same morning at the foot of the Empire State Building, it gave the all-clear for people looking to get their sweat on – with a note of caution: “Since we inhale more air during sports, you should keep track of changes in air quality for the next few hours.” People looking for an apartment in Midtown Manhattan receive similar advice for the short term: “The amount of pollutants in the air is noticeable, but still there is no danger to your health.” Also under the real estate section, users can get historical air quality information for the selected area.

The platform can assist governments and municipalities, too. BreezoMeter can help them understand when and where air pollution events occur. It provides real-time alerts when air quality drops below safe levels and detects the sources of the pollution.

“The effects of air pollution are devastating and constantly changing, and it is our duty to stay on top of those statistics and minimize damage through spreading awareness as vigorously as possible,” Lautman said.


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