Urbanization creates massive problems
6 Billion people live in cities aggravating health, climate, mobility, and economic problems which degrade human health and life quality.
// THE PROBLEM
"To fix something, first you need to measure."
As cities become more dense, it will be increasingly harder to keep them sustainable. By 2050, more than 6 billion people will be living in cities, aggravating health, climate change, mobility and economic challenges. Population inflow and heavier traffic further impair the air quality, which in turn can cause health problems: the WHO estimates that 7 million deaths per year are caused by air pollution effects worldwide. These problems, and new ones – such as COVID-19 – create a demand for broad, dynamic, and constant data delivery for urban planners and private sector. Yet current solutions, which consist mainly of static sensors, do not allow the optimal collection of this data: pollution, infrastructure strain, and other metrics vary widely over many scales—both spatial and temporal.
Many steps can and should be taken to improve urban environment; however, they cannot be implemented without first measuring, accurately and at street level. Such means do not exist today. In the absence of real-time, high-resolution monitoring for air quality, noise pollution and mobility, it is challenging for municipalities to take proper actions.
// THE SOLUTION
"Sometimes the solution is much easier than we think if we know the source of the problem."
A powerful, multi-micro sensors are attached on vehicles such as taxi-cabs, ridesharing or other urban vehicles to scan the environment while they roam the city. It is the first system to offer a comprehensive, continuous, real-time monitoring and data collection solution. Our proprietary data blending and analysis system can provide a broad variety of data and insights, from air pollution to traffic patterns, from road conditions, to local infrastructure problems. This data is ‘digested’ and presented in easy-to-understand, visual form – and given context by blending this data with historical and open-source information. The novel concept will enable, for the first time, a cost-effective solution for the urgent need of city leaders, policymakers and residents to make decisions based based on actual real-time data, insights and knowledge.
We have developed technology to help to understand the environment before committing to actions. For city administration and lawmakers, we provide continuous and detailed measurement street-by-street reporting to locate the source of the problem. With such data, energy companies, producers of electric vehicles, air purification systems, pharmaceuticals and many more, can design and market their products and services in a more efficient way.
// SMART CITY
"We aim to create the most comprehensive measurement eco system and helping cities to become Smart and Sustainable."
A Smart City is an urban area that uses different types of (IoT) sensors to collect data and use the insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently. This data is processed and analysed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, utilities, water supply networks, waste management, crime detection, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.
With proper data supply, urban residents would have the possibility to get real-time data to make decisions in their everyday life such as which neighbourhoods are noisier when looking for an apartment to rent; when is the best timing for doing the daily exercise or to take kids for a walk; or what is the less polluted route for cycling and much more. Monitoring urban environments is a challenging task; pollution, infrastructural strain, and other quantities of interest vary widely over many scales – both spatial and temporal – requiring much effort to accurately measure.
// GREEN FLEET
"Responsible drivers become part of the community and contribute to the city."
We welcome drivers who are sensitive to our environment and who want to become part of the process of studying our environment and understanding causes and factors. City life becomes dependent on transportation and mobility infrastructure which inevitably causes air and noise pollution. However, it now can play a major role in helping the city to scan its own environment and become self-aware. With Sparrow, not only pollution but mobility and security is also monitored for improvement purposes.
"The knowledge can be augmented only by exchange of experience and know-how."
Through our journey, we have met many brilliant people and organizations who made incredible projects and studies. Many of those could not be materialized due to lack of cooperation, know-how or infrastructure. We think that if relevant organizations come together and contribute to a single object, the target can be reached much easier. Therefore we aim to build a consortium for companies and organizations who would like to invest their time, knowledge and funds to the common project and enjoy benefits in a more time and cost-effective manner.