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Nymbly use LPWAN to develop new air quality sensors
LPWAN enables a low-cost and scalable IoT air quality solution
Nymbly is a UK based startup founded in 2016 who use a fast track prototyping and scaling platform to create sensors that enable customers, mostly operating in the smart cities and smart agriculture space, to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
Recently Nymbly worked on a project to develop air quality sensors to help monitor pollution levels in densely populated cities. To ensure success of the project, the company needed to create a sensor with a price point below £20 that was able to measure air pollution in an extremely localised way. Any more expensive and the solution would not be financially viable to deploy enough sensors to monitor air quality across large urban areas. Before Nymbly embarked on the project, the average price for a similar sensor was £6,000, which meant that even though they were extremely accurate, only 40-50 sensors could be located across the whole of London.
To help Nymbly succeed in their endeavour, Digital Catapult granted the company free access to the Things Connected LPWAN network which allowed it to connect its air quality sensors to the Internet of Things (IoT).
This access to the network proved critical in helping Nymbly further develop its sensors and create a pilot of mapping a high pollution area around Kings Cross in London using 20 of those new sensors. These sensors will ultimately help accelerate the adoption of more effective measures to improve air quality and quality of life.