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Hindustan Times to provide air quality data for Xiaomi’s weather app

At a time when 10 out of 20 most polluted cities are in India, the Hindustan Times has come out with a new air quality map that helps you track pollution in your city in real time

tech Updated: Oct 01, 2016 17:24 IST
HT Correspondent
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At a time when 10 out of 20 most polluted cities are in India, the Hindustan Times has come out with a new air quality map that helps you track pollution in your city in real time.

What’s more is that the real-time data will soon be accessible via all handsets manufactured and marketed by Chinese electronics firm Xiaomi. The handset-maker will provide the data via its weather app.

A recent World Bank report on South Asian development has announced that Delhi is the world’s most polluted city,” with recorded air pollution levels three times higher than those in Beijing. A World Health Organization report last week listed ten Indian cities among the 20 most polluted ones.

The air quality map, which went public in beta mode on April 20, gets its data from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) which comes under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. CPCB has installed approximately 60 automated air quality monitoring stations across India, with 9 stations in Delhi.

There are also the State Pollution Control Boards like Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, which monitors the data in their respective states and all come under the purview of CPCB.

Data is also being pulled from the United States Embassy. The embassies are also monitoring air quality at its offices and their data is easily accessible. Aslo, inexpensive but accurate devices that both HT and citizen groups have deployed, are being added to the platform and will be contributing data in the coming weeks.

The app developers in the company are also working with non-governmental organisations to increase the number of cities from 40 to 160. Xiaomi phones, which will go public with the update that will feature the air quality data, are fed the number via an API.

First Published: Oct 01, 2016 17:24 IST