PULSE app “PULSAIR” launched on apps platforms in April
24 May 2018
Posted by: Heather Smith
PULSE is an international pioneer project in the use of new technologies applied to the field of public health and has developed an app (PulseAir) to facilitate the citizen participation in the data generation that will help to evaluate public health policies.
PulseAir helps to generate information about mobility, the use of public spaces and their relationship with health. The longer the citizen uses the app, the more information that can be used to assess the effects on the environment and on the health of the people dealing with mobility and urban development interventions in the municipalities.
The app fosters user responsibility and awareness of the air quality and the individual wellbeing. The app collects GPS data, questionnaires about green behaviors and lifestyle and health status, sensor data (using an Air Quality sensor and a Fit Bit). All the data are merged to create pollution maps and estimate the health risks for every specific user.
The app can estimate a global health risk of the citizen and a more specific risk for Type II Diabetes Mellitus and asthma. Unique value proposal mixes personal and environmental data to perform the risk assessment.
By using PulseAir, the citizen could support the local public health planning simply by downloading the application and keeping it active on the mobile and, occasionally, answering to questionnaires about the health status, physical activity and mobility, among others. The citizen will be co-responsible in the improvement of the neighborhood, since the data gathered could help public institutions to implement actions more precise and appropriate to the health needs of the population.
- The citizen could become aware of air pollution and the habits necessary to minimize its effects.
- The citizen will have information on the air pollutants
- The citizen will obtain tips for a healthier urban life
PulseAir will also develop utilities for the user as it obtains data of the population, we can advance the following:
- Provides information on the air quality of a concrete area
- Gives personalized health advice (created from the data entered)
- Informs periodically about activities of interest in your neighborhood
PulseAir belongs to the research project PULSE (EU funded project of the H2020 framework)and is available in GooglePlay
PulseAir is available in GooglePlay