The recent advancements in technology bring significant benefits to the quality of life. However many global problems remain unresolved, such as hunger, poverty, inadequate living conditions, lack of education, lack of equal opportunities of development, incurable diseases, pollution, drought, wars.
Humanity seems unable to overcome a comfort zone that translates into a forced balance between costs and results: we act only when it is too late, every single time. One possible solution comes from the progress of innovative technologies that alter the balance between costs and results by implementing more efficient methods or have a direct impact on people's quality of life by addressing and solving new problems.
We believe in building something that matters. Something that has a positive impact on the lives of many. This is why we have created uRADMonitor, because our bodies are fragile and because pollution is harmful both to us and to the environment. So we have designed a worldwide network of automated monitors, as a first line detection and warning system against the harmful chemical and physical factors around us.
We have designed 5 hardware devices, optimised for low power usage, equipped with Internet connectivity and advanced sensors. The sensors include temperature, pressure, humidity, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, ionising radiation (alpha, beta, gamma, x-rays), carbon monoxide, ozone, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and a few more. All these are part of the hardware devices we designed and produced already. The Nasa Space Apps Hackathon allowed us to create a prototype for a new sensor to map UV exposure in mW/cm^2, contributing one additional important parameter to the environmental data we collect.
The server is the centralized system receiving and processing environmental data and is made of a backend and a frontend, running on separate machines. The backend features an efficient big-data-ready database implementation and RESTFul APIs for robust data access. The frontend was shaped as a modern user interface to allow easy access to the data together with a mobile app.
What we build so far comes to solve 4 of the challenges:
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.