Artificial Intelligence in Air Quality Control

mediumThis post was originally published by Gerald Whitley at Medium [AI]

The earth is composed of a mixture of gases that encompass the atmosphere around us. Air is one of the most essential constituents that serve to preserve all life forms on earth. The air we breathe contains about 21% oxygen, which is utilized by the human body. Since we continuously breathe air for survival, it becomes critical to maintain the balance and quality of the air around us.

However, with the pollution surrounding us, it becomes difficult to breathe in the natural air available. The pollutants deplete the quality of the air, which leads to several drawbacks. Some of the issues caused due to bad air quality include lung cancer, heart diseases, long-term health defects, reduced growth, and many other serious problems. Hence, preventive measures must be taken to check the air quality in our surroundings before proceeding further.

Air Pollution and AI

As per reports by World Health Organization (WHO), most of the air in the natural atmosphere in big cities is polluted. 9 out of 10 people in metropolitan city areas are prone to breathing contaminated air. One new solution to detect this problem and manage air quality is through artificial intelligence technologies. Artificial intelligence or AI is one of the greatest inventions of our time.

Although the initial methodologies of AI were theorized during the 1940s, AI has emerged over the last decade. AI is a solution to most of the common issues in the world. With the development of tons of powerful computing units, AI can shine by making appropriate predictions and solving specific tasks.

Luckily, AI is a standout technology for the measurement of air quality control. Apart from collecting data, AI can also contribute to identifying sources, forecasting, making accurate predictions, and applying logic to solving issues related to air. So, how can we make AI work in air quality control?

AI and Air Quality Control

Like most other AI tasks, we require the appropriate data or datasets to compute air quality accurately. For this task, we require a combination of existing air monitoring infrastructures and the data available from satellites. The other data elements required include factors based on human activities such as traffic in an area, garbage disposal facilities, pollution in construction sites, population density, and other similar factors.

The best approach to solve this problem is with the help of a feature-engineered AI design, which will utilize all the appropriate factors mentioned above to accurately interpret and compute the geospatial interpolation of air quality data. One such company that utilizes the true potential of artificial intelligence along with enough collective information for problem-solving is Tomorrow.io.

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With the help of Tomorrow.io’s Weather API, we can determine the condition of air quality in our surroundings. Using an alert system, we can determine if the pollution exceeds the natural limit, thus causing detrimental damage to human health.

Let us see a practical demonstration of setting up customized alerts for specific weather conditions. You can alternatively use Tomorrow.io to check air quality as well.

For this demonstration, we will use an insight rules engine that allows the user to configure any set of weather-based conditions according to their specific use cases.

The next step is to sign up on the Tomorrow.io platform and grab an API key. Then, we can proceed to describe the insight descriptions and compile the insight conditions. Once the primary steps are completed, you can create a custom insight and set your pre-defined location. Then, you can select the type of alerts required, including the ones related to air conditions.

Once you know how to perform all the essential steps, you can proceed to code the following in Postman. This website allows you to run JavaScript codes to interpret your codes in a 2-event structure for accomplishing the specific task.

Conclusion

Air is one of the most precious gifts of nature to humanity. However, due to the increasing levels of pollution, air quality is depreciating at a fast pace. While there are several methods to check the air quality, one of the best methods for implementing it is with the use of AI.

Out of the multiple methods employed for this purpose, Tomorrow.io’s approach stands out as one of the best ways to measure air quality, predict weather conditions and set up alerts. For achieving a better lifestyle, these technologies must be implemented in our daily life.

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This post was originally published by Gerald Whitley at Medium [AI]

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