Hawa Dawa monitors air quality block-by-block to help cities make decisions

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If metropolis governments had a block-by-block understanding of their metropolis’s personal ever altering air quality, how may it affect the decisions they make?

Thats the idea behind Hawa Dawa, the primary firm pitching at present within the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield. Hawa Dawa combines information sources like satellites and devoted air monitoring stations to construct a granular warmth map of air pollution, promoting this map to cities and firms as a subscription API.

While the corporate notes it’s {hardware} agnostic, it does construct its personal IoT sensors for firms and cities which may not have current air quality sensors in place.

(Curious concerning the identify? Co-founder Karim Tarraf tells me it’s roughly primarily based on the phrases for “air purity” or “air medicine” in plenty of languages, together with Swahili, Turkish, and Persian.)

With this information, a metropolis may, for instance, decide to change the way it routes visitors to decrease car exhausts in notably polluted streets and monitor how adjustments are literally impacting the air. An actual property firm may help clients with pulmonary points like bronchial asthma discover potential houses in neighborhoods that have a tendency to have the cleanest air. Shipping firms may doubtlessly use the info to higher plan their sea routes to decrease the affect of emissions.

Hawa Dawa’s information presently covers over 20 cities throughout Germany, Switzerland, and the UK.

They’ve raised over €1.2m to date, with plans to shut one other “pre-series A” spherical shortly.