AirCasting is an open-source environmental data visualization platform that consists of an Android app and online mapping system. The application collects measurements from HabitatMap’s AirBeam and other health and environmental monitoring devices and relays it to the maps. With thousands of AirBeams measuring particulate matter worldwide and over a billion data points, the AirCasting platform is one of the largest open-source databases of community-collected air quality measurements ever created. By documenting and leveraging health and environmental data to inform personal decision-making and public policy, the AirCasting platform empowers community-based organizations, educators, academics, regulators, city managers, and citizen scientists to map air pollution and organize for clean air.
AirBeam is a low-cost, palm-sized air quality instrument that measures hyperlocal concentrations of harmful microscopic particles in the air, known as particulate matter, as well as humidity and temperature. The AirBeam measures particulate matter with proven accuracy and when used in conjunction with the AirCasting platform - or a custom solution - helps community-based organizations, educators, academics, regulators, city managers, and citizen scientists map air pollution and organize for clean air.
The AirBeam measures harmful microscopic air particles (particulate matter), humidity, and temperature. In mobile mode, the AirBeam can be worn to capture personal exposures. In fixed mode, it can be installed indoors or outdoors - it’s weather resistant and doesn’t need a shelter - to keep tabs on pollution levels in your home, office, backyard, or neighborhood 24/7.
AIRCASTING IS A HABITATMAP PROJECT
HabitatMap is an environmental technology non-profit building open-source, free, and low-cost environmental monitoring and data visualization solutions. Our tools empower organizations and citizen scientists to measure pollution and advocate for equitable solutions to environmental health issues. We focus on low-income communities and communities of color living with disproportionate environmental burdens.
AIRCASTING IS OPEN SOURCE
AirCasting is an open source project. You can access the code repositories for the AirCasting Android app and the AirCasting web app through GitHub.