See how a Brooklyn nonprofit is using the internet of things for environmental justice


HabitatMaps has launched a crowdfunding campaign for an air quality monitoring sensor that it wants people to wear so it can collect data on pollution in New York. The campaign is more about generating publicity and covering the costs of manufacturing the sensors, but the approach to gathering data shows one of the promises of the internet of things.

HabitatMaps is an environmental justice group formed in 2006 that started out trying to make interactive online maps of places filled with historical facts and information for residents. In 2011 it released an Android App called AirCasting that used the microphones on the phone to measure noise pollution. From that point on its focus changed to take advantage of smartphones and sensors to gather data that would be more complete and relevant to fight pollution.


This month it launched the AirBeam, a $200 air quality monitor that measure particulate matter as…

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