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Digital kiosk provider Soofa is working with Boston Environment Department to implement an air quality widget that provides access to vital health information.

The US city of Boston is able to provide citizens with information on air quality via a new feature on its Soofa digital kiosks.

The digital kiosk provider is working in partnership with the Boston Environment Department to provide air quality updates throughout the Boston area and recommendations for outdoor activity based on the conditions.

Smart city communication tool

The solar-powered Soofa kiosks are used as both a smart city communication tool and an out-of-home (OOH) advertising platform. The latest development is particularly timely in the light of the Canadian wildfires – which have resulted in poor air quality conditions across large parts of the US this summer – providing citizens with equitable access to vital health information.

The addition of this new air quality widget serves as another innovative communication asset for the city of Boston to put into action across its fleet of solar-powered Soofa Signs.

“We’re excited to partner with Soofa to increase accessibility of live air quality information and help Bostonians make educated decisions to protect themselves from the harmful effects of air pollution,” said Maria Rodriguez Ortega, air quality project manager with the City of Boston Environment Department. “Air pollution affects everyone, but it disproportionately impacts environmental justice communities. This initiative is one of many strategies to help the City of Boston close this gap.”

Soofa’s eight-foot tall solar-powered digital kiosks are being used in 57 cities across 21 states. Expansion of the air quality widget into additional Soofa Signs across the country is expected later this year as Soofa’s partner communities seek to provide ease-of-access to important information related to the health and wellbeing of their constituents.

“This cutting-edge widget is designed to safeguard public health by providing real-time observed air quality data and forecasts using information from more than 2,000 monitoring stations,” said Jacques de Kock, Soofa’s head of engineering.

“As we strive to make a positive impact, Soofa wants to ensure that the people of Boston can access crucial air quality information and stay protected wherever they are.”

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 03.08.2023

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