Breathe Easy

Team Name: 
REMARK

Each year, 1600 Australians die from exposure to air pollution. The life expectancy of Australians is diminished by an average 69 days on account of air pollution. Australia has the highest prevalence of Asthma in the world, with 1 in 10 people suffering from the chronic condition. 

We all have the right to know about the quality of air we breathe and whether we are exposed to dangerous levels of pollution. The information empowers us to make decisions on whether to stay indoors or to relocate. Monitoring the quality of air can assist in determining the factors contributing to pollution. It is important to prevent air pollution from reaching toxic levels as seen in countries such as China and Mexico. Based on current emission trends, mortality due to outdoor air pollution is projected to double by 2050.

Breathe Easy is an app that informs users of the levels of air pollution in real-time on an interactive map. It clearly illustrates the quality of air from poor to good. The web application is responsive for easy use on both desktop and mobile.

The data sets integrated into the Breathe Easy App include a real-time feed of the air quality monitoring data, a list of all the monitoring sites with associated geographic information, and six NPI emission data sets containing industry emission data.

Within the Springboot application, the program is written in Groovy. Using the build tool Gradle, all the required data from the API servers were retrieved. The CSV files were converted into JSON documents to be loaded onto the MONGO no SQL database. The Springboot application was used as a framework to build the back-end API. Furthermore, the API for real-time data is called and reformatted into JSON documents to be passed to the front end. The Australian Government's Cloud service, NECTAR, hosts the APIs and front-end.

The front-end web interface is programmed in JavaScript, HTML and CSS, and served from Springboot. The open source libraries used were Bootstrap, J-Query, and the Google Map JavaScript API. 

In the age of Internet Of Things, sensors have the potential to be implemented in a range of locations and monitor air quality. This crowdsourcing of data will be invaluable in the future.

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Team Prize Details: 
Queensland University of Technology / University of Queensland
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
B29 Census Data Motor Vehicle Ownership
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ABS
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Secondary metric for pollution
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2011 IRSAD - SA2
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ABS
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Boundary of SA2 Areas and Map V2
Dataset Name: 
SA2_2016_AUST
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ABS
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Size of SA2 Areas
Dataset Name: 
ArcGIS Information system for ABS data
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ABS
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Centroid of SA2 Areas
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Environmental monitoring site locations
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Provides geo-graphic data for monitoring sites
Dataset Name: 
Air Quality Monitoring - Live data feed
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Provides real time data for monitoring stations
Dataset Name: 
npi-2015-qld-air-point-emissions
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Industry Emissions
Dataset Name: 
npi-2015-qld-air-fugitive-emissions
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
npi-2015-qld-air-fugitive-emissions
Dataset Name: 
npi-2015-qld-air-total-emissions
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Industry Emissions
Dataset Name: 
npi-2015-qld-water-emissions
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Industry Emissions
Dataset Name: 
npi-2015-qld-land-emissions
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Industry Emissions
Dataset Name: 
npi-2015-qld-transfers
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Industry Emissions
Event Location: 
Brisbane Official