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Objectives of the service

Three different services are proposed to improve air quality in homes, improve air quality in commercial buildings, and assess energy loss in buildings.

Air quality and pollen - Home health solution

We target a complete solution for allergic or asthmatic persons, or those living in a polluted area. We are developing an air quality monitor for indoor use and will integrate the measurements with our forecasts for outdoor air quality and pollen.

The user can log his/her symptoms in our app, where we calculate individual symptoms correlation and help the user understand what he/she reacts to. Our proposed solution also integrates with smart home solutions, to let the user regulate ventilation and windows in order to create the best possible indoor environment. 

Air quality forecasts for design and build

The building industry is undergoing a rapid digitalisation, with AI-based frameworks for design and construction. Air quality is important to determine ventilation and placement of buildings, both to ensure a safe indoor climate and to optimise energy efficiency.

We propose a service where we deliver tailored air quality forecasts and historical data to design and construction framework.

Energy efficiency maps

How much energy does a building waste? Satellite images reveal heat loss - and we propose to develop a service that presents building energy consumption per m2 and development of energy loss over time.

The issue of green loans in the building industry requires documentation on building energy consumption and fluctuations in energy loss. Real estate agents and potential homeowners may also find a third-party assessment of a property’s energy efficiency of value.

Users and their needs

Major user groups for the smart home solution:

  • Homeowners with allergic household members who are triggered by air pollution and pollen. Globally there are at least 1,5 billion people affected by asthma, rhinitis, bronchitis, or pollen allergies
  • Homeowners living in areas with poor air quality
  • Smart home suppliers

Major user groups for air quality in design and build:

  • Vendors of solutions for digitalised design and construction tools in the building industry
  • Architects and civil engineers

Major user groups for heat loss maps/energy efficiency maps:

  • Banks issuing loans to green buildings projects
  • Building owners
  • Planning and building authorities
  • Real estate agents
  • House buyers

For all the services, we target Europe in the first phase.

Service/ system concept

Space Added Value

Earth Observation satellite data play a key role for the proposed services.

Air quality models

Data from Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-5P are used to extract particulate matter (PM2.5). This is used to calculate air pollution levels and calibrate our air quality forecast models.

Pollen models

Vegetation index (NDVI) from Sentinel-2 is used to determine chlorophyll levels.

Heat maps

Data from Sentinel-3 and Landsat are used to generate heat maps.

Current Status

The home health solution is in a pilot testing phase. We are testing pilot versions of our air quality monitors, and working on how to integrate and present data in our app. Below preliminary sketches of how the solution could look like in our Airmine app are presented.

We are currently in a research and prototype phase for the two other proposed services.

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Status Date

Updated: 29 January 2021 - Created: 29 January 2021