Airmap - First LoRa/Wan smart city application in Vietnam



Airmap - First LoRa/Wan smart city application in Vietnam

At TechFest 2016, Hackanoi presents Vietnam's first LoRa IoT smart city application, Airmap.

Internet of Things with LoRaWAN Technology

IoT is the extended buzz of traditional M2M tech. All the smart city applications won't be realized if not for a combination of innovation in IoT softwares, hardwares and network. LoRaWAN® (Long Range Wide Area Network) emerges as a cost-efficient network solution for massive IoT adoption. Released by LoRa Alliance since March 2015, LoRaWAN provides developers with low-power, wide area network using remote sensor and gateway. According to LoRa Alliance, over 10,000 IoT hardware and software developers are applying LoRa technology to their projects in 150 major cities on the globe.

SKT Telecom, South Korean's no. 1 telecommunications company has been deploying LoRaWAN nationwide since June. In their statement, LoRaWAN technology is described as a "promising technology geared to significantly contribute to the growth of Korea’s IoT market."

In the US, 30 major cities across the country will be covered with LoraWan connectivity - a partnership between Semtech and Comcast. LoRaWAN was also the heart of a smart streetlight project in Budapest, Hungary earlier this year. With LoRaWAN, one base station can command up to 20,000 streetlight controllers, thus saves countless amount of energy and human resource. The trial system turned out to be a success, and the developers shown confidence in continuing and testing a full system "as soon as possible".

Latest versions of LoRa technology support radio frequencies for several Asian countries, including South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam, open a new horizon of opportunity for Asian IoT inventors to explore.

Airmap - Vietnam's first LoRa IoT smart city application

At Techfest 2016, Hackanoi presents Airmap - Vietnam's very first low power wide area IoT devices based on LoRaWAN. This project aims to help solve air pollution crisis in Hanoi.

Hackanoi Airmap team at TechFest 2016.

The real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) in Hanoi reached a record height of 388 this March, seven times higher than safe limits set by WHO. On AQI Levels of Health Concern given by US Embassy the number is labeled as "hazardous" which can cause "serious health effects".

Fast forward to today, air pollution in Hanoi remains on an "unhealthy" and "very unhealthy" AQI level. Air pollution, however, is only published online by the US Embassy, with one station in Hanoi and another in Ho Chi Minh City.

High AQI level in Hanoi seriously affects population's health. Source: AirNow

Powered by LoRaWAN technology, Airmap is even more powerful in term of effectiveness when compared to conventional hardware. The connectivity distance of Airmap sensors is incredibly far reaching and can provide air quality information for many places in the city.

Airmap team introduces LoraWan sensor nodes.

The system can be deployed anywhere outdoor and withstand bad weather conditions. In addition, wireless range is up to 5+ kilometres, which is outstanding considering it consumes extremely low energy. Airmap's sensors can survive for over a year with a standard battery.

A visitor takes a look at Airmap app on mobile.

Airmap was one of the most impressive high-tech projects of TechFest 2016. It caught the attention of many visitors, investors and government representatives. One of them being the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Vu Duc Dam.

Our Deputy PM is very interested in what Airmap can do for the capital city.

The goverment also had plans to turn Hanoi and other cities in Vietnam such as Danang and Binh Duong into "smart cities". A smart city is stacked with IoT applications and will help its administrators ease the pressure on budget, time and human resource. The streetlight project in Budapest is a prime example of such a city.

Urban citizens benefit the most from Airmap. Upon leaving home, you can open Airmap first to check for AQI level in your destination and have a second thought about going, or choose to go by bus instead of driving motorbike. Airmap will help raise awareness of air pollution problem and encourage the population to take action, like switching to public transport. Moreover, Airmap and Hackanoi team hope to pioneer IoT movement in Vietnam.

Airmap app user interface (demo)

With the help of hardware innovation, IoT and AI will bring to mankind a new hope to fight the Empire…I mean, problems like global warming, air pollution or renewable energy. Aren't we all relieved?

Hackanoi team