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20 February, 2017 - 12:00 By Tony Quested

Cambridge startup tackles London air quality challenge

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A Cambridge startup with technology designed to improve air quality has been funded by Future Cities Catapult to join an IoT initiative in London.

Nymbly has been awarded a share of £50,000 funding by the government-supported urban innovation hothouse.

The startup is one of six UK SMEs funded to solve city challenges in London, under the Catapult’s cutting-edge Internet of Things platform, Things Connected.

Using the Things Connected Long Range Wide Area Network, Nymbly will test an app that can have a direct impact on health in the workplace.

The startup has developed an air quality management app which, using newly designed advanced sensors, offers data accuracy to room level. Through data modelling, the app will inform building owners to take necessary action by improving and adjusting the ventilation system, humidity control or filtering.

With the UK’s IoT marketplace current worth £13.3 billion – expected to rise to £20bn by 2018 – the Things Connected network provides huge opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to test and trial new ideas that can be rolled out on commercial networks, according to Future Cities Catapult CEO Peter Madden.

He said: “We’re pleased to award Nymbly funding for its ‘Breath and the City’ project and look forward to seeing how it develops the product. While it is nearly impossible to avoid breathing particles in large cities with the accurate data it can be more easily prevented in office buildings.”

Donatien Garnier, co-founder of Nymbly added: “We're excited our air quality sensing project has been selected as part of the Things Connected Open call and look forward to trialling our sensors within the LPWAN network.

“With the capital’s 2017 air pollution limits exceeded in just five days, it’s more important than ever to provide Londoners with actionable data to reduce their exposure to pollution.”
Nymbly and five other shortlisted SMEs have six weeks to deploy devices, which will determine the viability of their solution. 

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