Efforts to tackle air pollution in the capital received a boost late last week, as two new concepts emerged as winners of the London Climathon.
Airbike and Pollupla were declared the winners of the London branch of the competition, which was organised by Climate-KIC and partner organisations, The Greater London Authority, The Liebreich Foundation and Energy Unlocked, which presented harmful air quality, waste, and peaking energy demand as challenges the teams had to identify economically viable ways of combatting.
Airbike won thanks to a sensor system that attaches to bicycles and gathers air quality data, providing a real-time picture of the city’s air quality. Pollupla, created by AMEE and IBM, offers an online platform that allows individuals to rate their potential property purchases based on the local area’s pollution. The team says it uses a combination of data from house-hunting website Zoopla and London Air.