Professor Lidia Morawska has arranged for the installation of KOALAs (Knowing Our Ambient Local Air-quality) compact, solar-powered air-monitoring sensors developed by the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT.
Professor Morawska said the KOALAs had been developed as an accessible, low-cost technology that could meet a demand from individuals and communities keen to know more about the quality of the air around them.
QUT researchers are also trialling a new SunVisor app using AI (artificial intelligence) technology enabling the app to provide personalised sun safe advice.
Dr Elke Hacker, a public health researcher in QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, said the live-UV data allowed accurate UV levels to be incorporated into the app, which delivers relevant health text messages to users via their phone or smart watch.
The app’s messages include forecasts of the UV level so people can prepare for a hot day, reminders to take a break in the shade to avoid heat stress when UV is really high, and to don hat, sunnies, shirts and sunscreens to protect skin against burning. Messages are sent throughout the day in tune with UV levels.