Healthy Cities

Blue Sky Analytics

An AI-powered platform providing key air quality data and source emissions parameters

Team Lead

Abhilasha Purwar

Solution Pitch

The Problem

India suffers from an acute air pollution crisis, and is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities. Despite the urgency, much of India’s environmental monitoring of air pollution and source emissions is done manually on a monthly or quarterly basis. This leads to inefficiencies and time lags that severely hamper policy solutions’ effectiveness.

The Solution

To enable better-informed decision making, Blue Sky Analytics’ AI-powered platform provides key air quality and source emissions parameters. The platform uses machine learning to process complex satellite data and interorbital distance measurements—providing near real-time, high-resolution, continuous insights about the Earth.

Compared to current ground measurement methods, this proprietary algorithm provides air quality data with significantly better spatial resolution—at a fraction of the cost. 

Blue Sky Analytics then disseminates the information through its freemium web and mobile app called BreeZo in the form of both raw data APIs and embedded visualizations, turning data into actionable insights. 

Market Opportunity

The global geospatial analytics market is expected to reach $175 billion by 2027. Earth observation technology generated $7 billion in 2018, and the global air pollution monitoring market is expected to reach $5.5 billion by 2024.

Partnership Goals

Blue Sky Analytics currently seeks:

  • New corporate and government clients to purchase its air quality and emissions monitoring data;
  • Public relations support to become recognized as a thought leader on the topic of air pollution data and monitoring in the Indian market; and
  • Technical expertise to fine-tune the software, user interface, and user experience components of the BreeZo App.

Organization Highlights

Some of Blue Sky Analytics’s notable achievements include:

  • Selection for various entrepreneurship networks including Copernicus Masters Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, India Innovation Accelerator by T-Hub and Facebook, Common Room Summer Residency, and Nexus Incubator at American Centre; and 
  • Coverage in Indian media outlets Inc42 and YourStory.

Existing Partnerships

Blue Sky Analytics currently partners with: 

  • The Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA) at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) for knowledge support, with Dr. Sagnik Dey as a Scientific Advisor; and
  • The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), participating in a pilot project to deliver air pollution data to decision makers.

Stats

15 of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, yet there exist only 150 air quality sensors across the entire country. 

Solver Team

Organization Type:
Hybrid

Headquarters:
Gurgaon, India

Stage:
Pilot

Working in:
India

Employees:
8

Solution Team:

Health

AI for Air Quality

Solver Blue Sky Analytics received $200,000 in follow-on funding for the Artificial Intelligence for the Betterment of Humanity Prize from Member Patrick J. McGovern Foundation in 2020 to develop an AI-powered platform providing key air quality data and source emissions parameters.

Health

AI for Air Quality

Solver Blue Sky Analytics received the $50,000 AI Innovations Prize from Members Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and Schmidt Futures in 2019 to develop an AI-powered platform providing key air quality data and source emissions parameters.

Health

AI for Air Quality

Solver Blue Sky Analytics, which developed an AI-powered platform providing key air quality data and source emissions parameters, received a $10,000 grant from Solve in 2019 for being selected as a Healthy Cities Solver.

 
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