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Taipei City Government, Academia Sinica, Realtek, and Asus invite citizens to concern air pollution PM2.5!

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Taipei City Government, Academia Sinica, Realtek and Asus held an “Air Box PM2.5, project launch press conference” on 3/22 and called on citizens to work together in response to air pollution prevention and control. In this cooperation project, Realtek and Asus donated “Air Box” to each elementary school in Taipei City. This machine can detect temperature, humidity, PM2.5 data and transmit information to a cloud-based platform/website so that students and parents can access the Internet or use an APP to view environmental data. 

The PM2.5 hazards is a serious problem that Taiwan is facing today. Last year, the air quality often reached “purple alert.” Therefore, Taipei City Government, Academia Sinica, Realtek and Asus set up 300 “PM2.5 Air Boxes” in Taipei. Using data and visualized interface allow students and parents better understand the current environment status. In terms of data accuracy, the EPA’s data is still a main basis for reference. Besides, the massive of detectors will be used for research and education.

In addition to donating 150 “Air Boxes” to schools, Realtek and Asus also plan to provide 50 “Air Boxes” to LASS community and another 50 to citizens in Taipei. Any citizen can visit the Taipei City Government booth in “2016 Smart City Summit & Expo,” and download “Air Box” APP to apply the “Air Box”. “Air Box” uploads detected temperature, humidity, PM2.5 data to a cloud server and an open information platform (data.taipei) allows citizens to download analyzed information. On the other hand, “Asus pm2.5.taipei” and “g0v air map” (http://goo.gl/dcIFFN) also reveal information for reference. However, the coordinates of Air Box has been distorted. It will not reveal the exact location of the user.