Hawa Dawa among the finalists of Disrupt Berlin organized by TechCrunch

After a successful first round, Hawa Dawa was nominated finalist in the Startup Battlefield TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 among two other startups. Read more

Hawa Dawa on the stage of Disrupt Berlin organized by TechCrunch

Every year, TechCrunch dives deep into the international startup scene to find innovative startups to compete in Startup Battlefield – TechCrunch’s famous global startup competition. Read more

High levels of significance found in the correlation of air quality data with traffic and weather data: Hawa Dawa concludes an extensive on-site data study

Hawa Dawa has completed a study on the impact of traffic on air quality in a town in southern Germany. The team collected data on air quality and traffic volume in the field and then correlated these values in-house. The aim of the study was to investigate the diverse effects of traffic and weather on air quality levels and pollution behaviour. A further hypothesis tested as part of the study was the extent to which speed limits or speed recommendations have an positive influence on air quality. Read more

Cities measure air quality – free test phase of 4 months: Hawa Dawa launches Smart Air City 2019 campaign

Hawa Dawa is launching this year’s Smart Air City campaign: to four cities four measurement devices will be available free of charge for four months. Application is open from now until 31st of December. Read more

Meschede secures a pioneering position in air quality management

Hawa Dawa and the city of Meschede are expanding the observation period agreed as part of the “Smart Air City” campaign by further six months to one year. Thus, Meschede supports the intention to actively address the issue of air quality.

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Environmental Impact – A Well-Recognized Business Model: Hawa Dawa among the winners of three events within two weeks

Hawa Dawa positioned itself among the winners of three important events in Germany within only two weeks: 1st place at the Maritime Startup Night at the SeaDevCon event in Hamburg (more here), 1st place at the Bits & Pretzels event in Munich and with that also recognized with the Munich Start-up Award (more here) and finally 3rd place at the Perfect Match start-up competition in Herne (more here).

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Hawa Dawa Forms Board of Advisors to Consult on Strategic Growth Initiatives

Hawa Dawa has established a Board of Advisors to provide strategic advice and expertise to help accelerate growth. Its first three appointments are Martin Herkommer, expert for communications, public relations and lobbying, Jason Maroothynaden, space industry expert and access to finance specialist working at the European Space Agency, and Andreas M. Rickert, CEO and Founder PHINEO. Read more

CleanAir Network – Hawa Dawa is committed to research and collaboration on air quality

A network of research institutions and industrial partners to co-develop solutions to address the problem of particulate matter

Hawa Dawa is an active member of the CleanAir Innovation Network – an expert platform has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) within the Central Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (ZIM). CleanAir has set itself the goal of connecting competencies in the fields of identification, analysis and reduction of particulate matter and to facilitate the development of products and mechanisms that contribute to clean and healthy air. Read more

Munich for Future: “Change to environmentally friendly mobility” is key demand

Hawa Dawa sees a unique opportunity for a sustainable and holistic solution in Munich

Hawa Dawa, a Munich-based company specialising in the management of air quality, sees the mobility measures demanded by #MunichForFuture as a unique opportunity for Munich to support a sustainable and holistic mobility approach well accepted by the general population. Such an approach opens up opportunities for general measures to reduce climate-specific pollutants to be combined ideally with specific measures to improve local air quality and thereby enhance quality of life. A balanced and comprehensible approach to introducing new regional mobility concepts drives better understanding and leverages greater acceptance by the citizens of Munich and its surrounding area.

In addition to the negative effects of climate pollutants on the earth’s climate, nitrogen oxide, linked directly to transport emissions, in its various forms contributes to the formation of tropospheric ozone, which, together with particulate matter (‘black carbon’) is one of the most potent short-lived climate pollutants. According to the latest studies, these pollutants cause up to 45% of climate change and are therefore also the focus of global climate policy. Here is a direct link between short-lived greenhouse gases and ambient air pollution, the more ‘every-day’ side of reducing emissions and global warming. Measures to combat transport-related emissions are therefore not only of substantial importance for helping reduce global climate change but also for improving local air quality.

As the proposed measures in Munich are drastic interventions, it is essential to measure success and make it transparent. This not only leads to better acceptance within the population, says Matt Fullerton, Head of Software Development and co-founder of Hawa Dawa, but also makes it possible to assess promptly whether the measures taken will have the desired effect and to react if necessary. “We know of several examples that have had unexpected, undesirable or disappointingly low effects. In particular, with selective and regionally limited measures, effects on other areas cannot be ignored,” Fullerton added. Examples include the diesel driving ban in Hamburg, which up until now has not led to reduced pollution. A statement of the effect would only be possible after a reasonable time and with the inclusion of additional environmental factors, so Fullerton. (https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/hamburg/Trotz-Diesel-Fahrverbot-nicht-weniger-Stickoxide,stickoxid138.html ). The introduction of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone toll in London is also worth referencing here. As a result of the zone, the number of taxis increased significantly within the area (https://theconversation.com/london-congestion-charge-what-worked-what-didnt-what-next-92478), which in turn led to a slowdown in public buses. Furthermore, in Madrid, a program to reduce emissions from road transport, which was only introduced in November 2018, was repealed immediately after the new mayor took office. After massive citizen protests and a corresponding court decision, the program was continued. “This demonstrates the importance of continuous and transparent communication on this topic,” explains Fullerton.

In response to this timely and urgent need for transparency, Hawa Dawa provides real-time air quality data in intuitive ways, to facilitate evaluation of achievement against target and increase transparency. Hawa Dawa is able to combine this information further with traffic, geo-, land-use, and even weather data to provide meaningful insights which serves as a sound basis for urban and regional decision-making (more information here).

Despite the immense impact of air pollution on areas such as civil protection (health and safety) and transport (reduced emissions, investment in sustainable mobility), air quality data remains an extremely scarce commodity. Throughout the Federal Republic of Germany, there are only around 115 relevant measuring stations; or one station per 700,000 inhabitants. The city of Munich has only three measuring stations in the inner-city area.  Hawa Dawa’s IoT measuring boxes are a future-oriented option to close this huge data gap; a cost-effective solution with stable and measurement-reliable devices. (more information here)

About Matt Fullerton:

Matt Fullerton holds an MSc degree in Electronics by Research and an MEng degree in Electronics with Media Technology. He was the founder and technical director of Smartlane GmbH and is an expert for data processing and visualisation for the mobility market. As co-founder and head of the software team, he has been with Hawa Dawa since 2016.

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Hawa Dawa Installs the Largest Air Quality Measurement Network in Germany

Hawa Dawa installs 35 sensor nodes across the municipal area of the NordAllianz near Munich. The eight members of the NordAllianz; Eching, Garching, Hallbergmoos, Ismaning, Neufahrn, Oberschleißheim, Unterföhring and Unterschleißheim have decided to implement a digital measurement network for tracking urban air quality that relies on Hawa Dawa’s smart technology. The company already operates similar measurement networks in the cities of Munich, Germering, Meschede and Bern. These networks deploy Internet of Things (IoT)-capable sensor nodes and are targeted to increase transparency on air quality for citizens and decision-makers. Read more