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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

Ateknea helps Widget 3.0 to make charity donations easy and safe

We are happy to announce that our participation in the project Widget 3.0 is coming to a successful close. Within the framework of this project, the Barcelona-based company, Worldcoo, has developed a new generation of their system which allows e-commerce users to easily and safely donate to charities and non-profits anytime they buy something online.

As part of this project, our Software Department developed three modules:

  • A Data Warehouse system that captures, pre-processes, and stores all the activity of the platform.
  • A Business Intelligence system that optimizes the ratio of transactions that end in donation, recommending projects, amounts, and visualizations based on the buyer profile.
  • An SDK that allows a third party to integrate the Widget 3.0 system into their mobile applications.