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The South African Consortium of Air Quality Monitoring

Solving the affordability problem with AI-powered IoT

Why does air quality matter?

  • It is an effective probe into a broad range of public health issues.

  • It is important to manage public health responses and governance.

  • By reducing air pollution levels, countries can reduce the burden of disease on their population.


7 Million people die from air pollution  annually

''In 2019, 99% of people were found to breath air that exceeds World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines.

Each year,  7 million people die prematurely from illnesses attributable to the household air pollution caused by the incomplete combustion of solid fuels and kerosene used for cooking

This includes more than 1.7 million child deaths a year worldwide. ''- says WHO

Among these  7 million deaths from household air pollution exposure:

Ischaemic Heart Disease


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)




Lung Cancer


Lower Respiratory infection


There is a lack of coverage of Air Quality monitoring around the world.

Due to the high cost and complexity associated with the deployment of a traditional air quality monitoring station countries are forced to allocate their limited resources to monitor certain ‘priority’ sites which necessitates the omission of others. This problem is one faced by many countries.

Nabel map

Pictures are from The South African Air Quality Information System, SAAQIS (South Africa, LEFT and MIDDLE), and The National Air Pollution Monitoring Network,  NABEL (Switzerland, RIGHT). Click on pictures for more info

Our Solution:

The AI_r system

An industry disrupting air quality monitoring, analysis and prediction system. It combines state-of-the-art air quality sensors with a low-cost Internet-of-Things (IoT) network architecture powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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