Ricardo supports launch and delivery of ‘Northern Ireland Air’ air quality app and website
The ‘Northern Ireland Air’ app and website, delivered by Ricardo, provide the public with the latest information on air quality in Northern Ireland, helping people make informed decisions about their outdoor activities and take action to limit their exposure to air pollution.
Using data from 19 air quality monitoring sites across Northern Ireland, the free services complement each other by providing easy access to up-to-date local air pollution information and health advice, whether users are stationary or out ‘on the go’.
Launched on 7 May, the Northern Ireland Air app is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland to provide real-time, tailored air quality information specific to the user’s location. It empowers users by enabling them to set up their own data-rich air quality notifications, see 5-day air pollution forecasts and select options for notifications to a mobile phone when elevated levels of pollutants are detected. Users can also access valuable health advice on the impacts of poor air quality, enabling them to make better informed decisions about their activities on days when air quality is reduced.
Through the Northern Ireland Air app and website, users can access details on the latest data from local air quality monitoring sites; and information on specific pollutants, policy, legislation, health impacts and advice on limiting exposure. The interactive regional map on the homepage of the website features coloured markers pinpointing areas with increased pollution levels, which users can zoom in on to access a pollution summary for a specific location. Users can also access pollution forecast information for the next 5 days and a 24-hour air quality summary from the website.
The new app, and the new features of the website, were highlighted in the latest report in the ‘Air Pollution in Northern Ireland’ series, recently authored by Ricardo on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The report summarises information on key air quality monitoring results from within the region, considers long-term trends and provides useful information on pollution sources. It also sets out information on the progress being made by Northern Ireland councils in managing local air quality.
Sean Christiansen, air quality director at Ricardo, said: ‘Ricardo is proud to be supporting Northern Ireland to deliver air quality information services that will help the public to better manage their air pollution exposure. Compiling and presenting complex environmental data in a way that is easy to comprehend by the general public and of value in terms of informing actionable behaviour presents a challenge – but we are confident that the Northern Ireland Air app and website will help people to make better informed decisions regarding their air pollution exposure. Our monitoring team is working closely with local partners to ensure that both services meet the needs of local users.’
Ricardo is a leading developer of bespoke air quality data management and information dissemination services, serving a broad range of clients in the public and private sectors, as well as local and national governments. Ricardo’s digital specialists use advanced web management, analysis and visualisation tools to deliver digital solutions that transform data into actionable insights, supporting better decision making. The Northern Ireland Air website was developed and is maintained by Ricardo’s in-house team of digital specialists, and the app was developed in partnership with 4sfera.
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