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How Bettair is Solving Cities’ Air Pollution Crisis

Bettair® was born for a single, simple reason: to help provide the solution to the world’s growing air quality problem. Bettair®, a spin-off of Ateknea Solutions, is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that allows cities, for the first time, to map air pollution on a previously unimaginable scale, based on a large deployment of outstandingly accurate gas sensors by using an advanced post-processing algorithm.

Why Urban Air Quality?

The need for a new solution to measure urban air quality is clear. More and more people live in cities globally – over 50% of the world’s population – and air pollution is fast becoming a public health emergency across the world.

However, the traditionally used air pollutant analysers are relatively large, heavy, and expensive, with prices ranging between €5,000 and €30,000 per device. Bettair® is a network of autonomous devices that are installed in streetlights (or in city furniture) in a dense matrix distanced between 0.5 km to 1 km, allowing a high spatial and temporal resolution. This information allows urban planners to make appropriate urban plans to improve air quality and to take smart and better decisions to mitigate air pollution.

Bettair Cities architecture

How Bettair’s network system works with the smart solution platform, FIWARE.

The Barcelona Experiment

Currently, electrochemical sensors are known to have low accuracy when compared with traditional air quality monitoring equipment. This is a primary reason why cities still rely on monitoring systems that do not provide an accurate representation of urban air pollution. After years of research, Bettair Cities has developed a robust processing algorithm that, combined with customized hardware, achieves high accuracy.

To prove this, Bettair carried out a study in which Bettair nodes with three electrochemical sensors (NO2, O3, NO) were installed in the same location as an air quality monitoring station of the Generalitat de Catalunya, located in Barcelona. The main purpose was to compare the nodes’ measurements of NO2, O3, and NO with a calibrated reference instrument for a long period.

The Results 

After a year of in-field testing, the Bettair® system returned results that were consistently comparable with the traditional air quality monitoring stations with which they were co-located.

 

Bettair Cities test results

Figure 1. Time series (left) and correlation plot (right) of 1-hour averages of Nitrate Dioxide measurements of one Bettair® static node compared with a ratified AQM station.

 

Bettair Cities measurement results

Figure 2. Time series (left) and correlation plot (right) of 1-hour averages of Ozone measurements of one Bettair® static node compared with a ratified AQM station.

Bettair Cities test results

Figure 3. Time series (left) and correlation plot (right) of 1-hour averages of Nitrate Oxide measurements of one Bettair® static node compared with a ratified AQM station.

These are the most comprehensive results ever achieved for a modern, alternative air quality monitoring system, as they detail the system’s performance throughout the year, including the summer – which often proves the most difficult period to accurately measure, and which is seldom represented in results released by new air quality measuring systems. It is the first demonstration that low-cost air quality sensor networks can provide cities with high spatial and temporal resolution measures, which are essential for understanding and spatially monitoring environments with complex and highly variable emission sources, such as in urban areas.

With these incredible results, Bettair Cities will continue to work towards providing a solution for mapping the world’s urban air quality in high resolution. For further details about how Bettair Cities works with FIWARE to solve the increasingly urgent global problem of urban air quality measurement, see Bettair CTO and co-founder, Leonardo Santiago’s full blog post on FIWARE’s website.

EU Project Coordinator

We are looking for a talented:

EU Project Coordinator (H2020)

to join our team in Barcelona

We are looking for a proactive and organized Project Coordinator to give support to our Business Unit, focused on European proposals.

Responsibilities:

  • Being responsible for European and National funding programs: analysis, coordination, and administrative tasks.
  • Being responsible for the administrative tasks relating to the European Commission Portal for all of our clients: creating new accounts, checking eligibility criteria and administrating documents.
  • Being in charge of proposal submissions and negotiating with the European Commission.
  • Giving support to the sales team with contracts and administrative tasks related to customers.
  • Coordinating the proposal writing team’s tasks to achieve the objectives and deadlines of the project submissions.
  • Checking the proposals’ structure before the submission deadline.
  • Organizing and following up on our clients’ contracts.
  • Preparing databases for the Business Unit.
  • Providing financial support to the European Project Managers.

The ideal candidate will have:

  •  A degree or equivalent in International Relations, Economics or Business will be valued but not mandatory.
  • Two years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Fluency in English (First Certificate).
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.  Demonstrable problem-solving capabilities, personal initiative, and strong communication skills.
  • Experience working with clients.
  • A good command of MS Office
  • Experience in European projects

We offer:

  • A unique experience working in an international, dynamic, and growing group in science, technology and industry.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • A competitive salary and other benefits.
  • The possibility of working from home once a week.
  • Language courses.

Sound interesting?

Please apply by sending your CV to career.ct@ateknea.com or APPLY HERE

Horizon Europe: €100 billion towards a better future

The new EU Commission budget is here. For Horizon Europe, the Commission has proposed €100 billion for Research and Innovation in the next long-term EU budget, 2021-2027.

Announcing the new budget, Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation, said: “Horizon 2020 is one of Europe’s biggest success stories. The new Horizon Europe programme aims even higher.”

Horizon Europe funding

The development of EU R&I funding through the years

With the newly proposed funding, which has increased from €77 billion from the previous period, the Commission plans “to strengthen the EU’s global scientific leadership, and re-engage citizens by setting ambitious new missions for EU research,” said Moedas.

Horizon Europe is to be implemented through three pillars:

Horizon Europe

Here at Ateknea we are delighted to see the EU’s continued commitment to developing a more environmentally-friendly society, boosting job creation and growth, and strengthening the EU’s global scientific leadership while improving people’s daily lives through Research and Innovation.

We look forward to contributing to the creation of a better future, continuing to help innovative, revolutionary ideas become market-ready solutions that can have an impact on the society of tomorrow.

To see more about the Horizon Europe budget, click here.

Bettair and Ateknea speak at MAPAMA’s air quality event

As one of the leading air quality sensor technologies in the market today, Bettair Cities and Ateknea were invited to take part in an event, organised by MAPAMA (the Spanish ministry for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment), specifically dedicated to discussing the current state-of-development of low-cost sensors for air quality and their possible applications in today’s society.

Over the past ten years, significant progress has been made in the field of low-cost air quality sensors, but limitations in terms of accuracy and the ability for measurement in real-time on a mass scale have stood in the way of any low-cost, high-performing air quality sensor taking the place of the reference equipment currently used for legislative purposes relating to air quality.

This will not be the case for long.

The Spanish academic-scientific and administrative-technical communities in the field decided the moment had come to organize an event: a day of information and debate on the use of and applications for low-cost sensors in today’s society. The leading companies providing these types of sensors and networks, including Bettair and Ateknea, were invited to present their products and applications, and to discuss the current situation with air quality experts from different administrations, universities, and research centres. They covered the following topics:

  • Integrated products and systems (sensor networks, data presentation software and associated air quality mapping), accuracy, precision, sensitivity, errors, and prices, (advantages, and limitations).
  • The main applications which low cost, high tech sensors can contribute in terms of air quality management.

Undoubtedly, it was an excellent opportunity for Bettair Cities to explain how its novel smart city technology provides a highly efficient and large-scale pollution-mapping tool for big cities.

Find out more about Bettair’s revolutionary technology and its potential here.

Restb.ai is approved for SME Instrument Phase 2 funding!

Last week, the European Innovation Council released the latest results of the SME Instrument, delivering some excellent and exciting news: with Ateknea’s help, Restb.ai has been approved by the European Commission for Phase 2 funding!

The project selected to receive funding is CV4RE (Computer Vision for Real Estate), an AI image-tagging AI tool designed to automatically identify the different categories and features of a home (fireplace, hardwood floors, etc.) from large volumes of listings images, with 99% accuracy. This revolutionary (and proprietary) proptech was designed by Restb’s talented team specifically for Real Estate companies, and trained on over 10 million images to describe photos with an expert eye.

 

The benefits are widespread for both buyers and sellers in the Real Estate sector, providing precisely categorized information about database images, allowing potential customers to more effectively search for their future homes, and Real Estate companies to attract, engage, and convert more (and happier) buyers, as well as allowing screen readers to describe critical visual content to the visually impaired.

With the SME Instrument EU funding they will now improve their products and develop new ones to accelerate the adoption of their solutions by the market, working with Ateknea’s experienced team of engineers to bring this disruptive and sector-altering innovation to the European market and beyond!

 

Lightkey and Ateknea’s collaboration comes to a successful close

Lightkey, which was approved for Phase 2 SME Instrument funding by the European Commission in June 2016, is a technological solution designed for hotels, resorts, and offices that allows users to access their rooms with a specifically encoded LED light, and without the need for any hotel or office personnel.

Created by Lightbee, the Lightkey system is one of the first solutions that allows secure and scalable access without any of the drawbacks of the currently available mobile access solutions. Like all the best innovations, it is simple yet brilliant. Users access their VLC (Visible Light Communication) which they are sent via a mobile app. Once activated, each user’s particular LED will allow them to securely enter their rooms.

Here at Ateknea we are proud of our work to develop this technology. With the SME Instrument funding our engineers completed a variety of tasks to make this project possible. They developed:

  • An Electronic Door Lock module that permits the reception of the VLC and allow users to open their doors
  • A standalone device to send master Lightkeys
  • A mobile app (for Android and iOS) that sends the Lightkeys to the module
  • A security concept implemented in the server to manage the Lightkeys of each user and which is connected to the mobile app and the door lock.

SME Instrument funded project

Research and Innovation engineers

 

It’s a perfect solution to a complex logistical problem: increasing security, ease-of-use, and reducing costs.

We look forward to seeing what is next for Lightbee and Lightkey!

 

New Born Solutions & Ateknea: EU funding success!

New Born Solutions and Ateknea Solutions work together to democratize healthcare in Europe, with EU funding.

Great news from Brussels! We are happy to announce that New Born Solutions, a Barcelona-based startup dedicated to saving lives and democratizing healthcare via cost-effective technology that detects superficial body fluid infections without needles, has been approved for SME Instrument Phase 1 EU funding.

With the help of Ateknea’s H2020 expertise, New Born Solutions’ latest development, Neosonics, the first non-invasive screening device designed to early detection and monitoring infant meningitis, has received €50,000 in EU funding after the European Commission gave their technology the go-ahead in late April.

The Neosonics solution is innovative, simple, and revolutionary.  

There are an estimated 165 million infants at risk of meningitis each year.

Where current practice dictates that a white blood cell count be taken from a child’s spinal fluid through a lumbar puncture (which immediately triggers the need for more medication irrespective of the diagnostic results), Neosonics uses high-resolution ultrasound to non-invasively count the white blood cell in the cerebrospinal fluid below the infant’s fontanel, the region of the head where the bones are not yet closed.

It means an early diagnosis can be quickly made in a cost-effective and non-invasive way, decreasing current complications to rule out the disease in industrialized countries and infant mortality rates, especially in developing countries. By enabling early and non-invasive detection, it could vastly reduce the amount of patients with life-long disabilities and provide quantitative and reliable data for monitoring patients’ treatment response.

We at Ateknea are excited to continue working with New Born Solutions, and to see Neosonics through to the market.

Project Manager

Project Manager

We are looking for a talented Project Manager, highly passionate about technology and management, to process the lifecycle of projects.

As part of the job, will be responsible of:

  • Coordinate the complete execution of the project, from negotiation to project closure, including technical development and budget controlling.
  • Organize and manage the work of the team to achieve the objectives.
  • Ensure high quality and timely execution of the project tasks within the project budget.
  • Preparation of Technical Reports and Project Proposals
  • Organize project meetings and give presentations in front of public
  • Assist the client with the preparation of business plans, feasibility study.

The ideal candidate shall have:

  • Engineering Degree (Telecommunications, Software or Electronics).
  • Experience in Project Management, mainly in Research projects.
  • Fluency in English is a must (both written and spoken), advanced level.
  • Experience in Product Development and preparation of Business Plans.
  • Ability to cooperate with industrial partners, engineers and scientists.
  • Willingness to travel frequently both nationally and internationally; Driver’s license.
  • Good command of MS Office and strong internet research skills, using different search engines and databases.
  • Responsiveness and ability to perform different tasks; Accuracy, reliability and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving capabilities; Creative thinking, personal initiative and strong communication skills.

We offer:

  • A unique experience working in an international, dynamic and growing group in science, technology and industry.
  • On the job training and participation in workshops to achieve the tasks above.
  • Flexible working hours and a competitive salary with other benefits.
  • Possibility of remote working once or twice a week
  • Language courses
  • Snacks and drinks

Does this sound appealing?

We encourage candidates to participate in our recruitment process. Please apply by sending your CV and a cover letter both in English to career.ct@ateknea.com

or APPLY HERE:

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