Air pollution is a major environmental and health concern in Hong Kong and the largest environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization, tying it to seven million premature deaths globally in 2016. Yet many of us accept it as part of city living.
In a bid to help city dwellers take their health into their own hands, HKUST’s Institute for the Environment recently launched a game-changing mobile app that lets users monitor air quality to reduce their exposure to air pollution.
Titled PRAISE-HK (Personalized Real-time Air-quality Informatics System for Exposure), the app provides real-time air quality and health risk information and forecasts, down to the street you are at, up to two days in advance, helping Hongkongers live a smarter and healthier life.
One of the world-leading technologies behind the app is our dynamic transport modeling. What is it about?