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July 21st, 2016

Londoners Yearning To Breathe Freely

Based in London, England, Drayson Technologies Limited is deeply involved in the IoT platform with proprietary wireless charging technology and machine learning software that create smart sensor networks for the generation of actionable insights to improve lives.

The company has just announced plans to build the world’s most advanced air pollution map, for Greater London, and they have developed new partnerships with Gophr and Inmarsat to achieve this aim and these companies are the first announced partners. Further organizations, groups and individuals will be equipped with CleanSpace Tags in the coming weeks and months in order to collect data, gather insights and help address the issue of air pollution in the capital. 

UK courier company Gophr will equip 50 of its bicycle couriers with CleanSpace Tags—portable air pollution sensors created by Drayson Technologies that are powered by the firm's revolutionary Freevolt technology. The couriers, all based in London, will map pollution levels on their journeys across the capital, collecting data that will help to build a real-time map of London’s air pollution as they carry out their same-day deliveries. The couriers will also be equipped with LoRa trackers by Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite communications services provider; enabling highly accurate, real-time location and height data to be collected on the move.

The carbon monoxide data collected from the CleanSpace Tags will feed into the Air Map, an interactive map that will show the pollution levels at the location of each courier, in real-time. With the couriers predicted to travel over 17,000 miles each month, the amount of indoor and outdoor air pollution data collected will be on a scale that has never been achieved previously. The collected data is anonymized and fed into the CleanSpace mobile application, alongside other Tag users’ data, to provide users with personal and actionable air pollution data.
The LoRa™ (Long Range) trackers will track the location of the Gophr couriers via satellite without having to use mobile Location Based Services which drain battery life. This provides more accurate readings on the move, with the need for fewer access points to cover the whole area of a city.

The CleanSpace Tag is a personal air pollution smart sensor that enables people to measure and monitor the pollution levels in the air they breathe, wherever they are, at any time. It is the first product to be powered by Freevolt™, a revolutionary technology launched by Drayson Technologies, that harvests and recycles wasted wireless signals to power low-energy devices so their batteries never need changing. The CleanSpace Tag works alongside the CleanSpace mobile application, allowing users to view their exposure to air pollution through an interactive Air Map.
According to Lord Paul Drayson, Chairman and CEO, Drayson Technologies, the CleanSpace network aims to provide the world’s most advanced air pollution map using thousands of personal sensors powered by Freevolt and this partnership brings together the combined expertise and commitment of Drayson Technologies, Gophr and Inmarsat in order for the citizens of London to "see the air they breathe."

Greg Ewert, the President for Enterprise Markets, Inmarsat, added that air pollution is a global problem and this concern contributes to approximately 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK alone and creating an accurate air pollution map at breathing height will contribute to the better understanding of how to combat this issue and improve air quality in London. This is the first example of a public LoRa™ network in London and Inmarsat hopes this partnership with Gophr and Drayson will be the first of many city air pollution projects.