In East Asia and the Pacific alone, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 billion people - almost a quarter of the world population are breathing unsafe air each day. Particulate pollution is linked to heart disease, some cancers and early death. Children, the elderly and the sick are especially vulnerable.
AirSpeq's laboratory grade performance sensor is the missing component that will enable the adoption of systems that will save millions of lives every year. Existing air pollution monitors are designed to address superficial, visual and olfactory symptoms of air pollution. AirSpeq's sensor instead targets the fine and ultra fine particulate matter that is especially toxic as it not only penetrates the lungs but also the circulatory and nervous systems and directly reaches the brain.
At the World Health Organization Air Pollution Conference in Geneva in 2018, Dr. Arvind Kumar from New Delhi, India showed pictures of what air pollution damage to the lungs looks like. As he noted when he first started working as a surgeon thirty years ago, lungs like these belonged to fifty year old men who had smoked for thirty plus years. Now he finds these same lung symptoms in teenagers who have lived their entire lives in New Delhi and have never smoked.