Prof. Dr. Klaus-Michael Ahrend joins Hawa Dawa Expert Council

Prof. Dr Klaus-Michael Ahrend will be the first member of the newly constituted Hawa Dawa Expert Council to support the company’s further development as a data and infrastructure service provider in Germany and beyond.

Prof. Dr Klaus-Michael Ahrend has been a member of the Executive Board of HEAG Holding AG, Darmstadt, since 2008 with a turnover of approx. EUR 2 billion. He is a member of various supervisory bodies and advisory boards as well as in associations of the municipal economy. He is also the author of specialist and textbooks, managing director of the TECHNOLOGY and incubator centre HUB31, lecturer in energy economics and corporate governance and an honorary professor at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

Prof Ahrend said: “I am very pleased to be part of Hawa Dawa. Air quality is a global challenge. To address this, methods and tools must be used in a new digital sustainability infrastructure, as offered by Hawa Dawa.”

CEO and co-founder of Hawa Dawa, Karim Tarraf, added: “I am very pleased to have recruited Prof. Dr Klaus-Michael Ahrend for our specialist. The Expert Council will help us provide air quality data for essentially all places where people live, work and play in a context that enables decisions to be made and ultimately contributes to better air quality. After a short period of our cooperation, I have been already convinced that Prof. Dr Klaus-Michael Ahrend can make a significant contribution to this.”

Smart cities for smart citizens

New technologies enable a new level of citizen information and participation

The “Citizen Information” Products of Hawa Dawa enable municipalities to digitally provide information on air quality to citizens in a “moderated” way. Citizen information is becoming increasingly important: on the one hand, because today’s information media have created a new standard, which is expected as the usually available information, and on the other hand, because those affected would like to form their own opinion on pressing, important issues, which is based on up-to-date data.

Information management is therefore increasingly playing an essential role for municipalities. Facts must be made available through selected, reliable channels to provide a severe basis for public opinion- formation, especially in the times of conspiracy theory and “fake news”. Consistent information for citizens promotes acceptance of measures and can also be transformed into increased civic engagement. Read more

Hawa Dawa is WSA Winner 2020 – The WSA Top 40 utilise technology with smart content to hack global gaps and to support SDGs

Hawa Dawa is one of the four German start-ups that have been awarded the UN WSA prize. WSA recognises modern technology combined with a social cause and smart content, which not only solves problems but enhances equality, information access and inclusion. The WSA Winners 2020 provide a meaningful selection of worldwide content-driven applications contributing to the achievement of the UN SDGs – 40 solutions from 26 countries have been recognised. Hawa Dawa was selected as one of the five the best digital solution globally in the category “Smart Settlement & Urbanisation”.

The WSA Winner’s 2020 list is manifold. Focusing foremost on content and impact in their local communities, not only the technical finesse and design, WSA assembled international experts from all regions and fields to select the 40 winners. The final jury phase concluded in an on-site three-days meeting 43 high-level international experts, deciding in a democratic and transparent process on the most powerful and content-rich solutions 2020. Read more

Use existing urban infrastructures to measure air quality: “Smart Poles” of Westenergie and Hawa Dawa devices intelligently combined

Hawa Dawa is working with Westenergie AG’s Smart Pole Factory. In a project of the company in Essen, Hawa Dawa Sentience air measuring devices are installed in smart pole lights.

In a smart city, information on air quality can provide citizens with real value and, for example, help to improve the city’s transport planning. The Hawa Dawa air measuring devices are now being used in a pilot project of Westenergie. Together with the city of Essen and the Essen era supply and transport company mbH (EVV), Westenergie is testing intelligent street lights here. The so-called smart poles are equipped with sensors that also detect the parking space, for example. In addition to particulate matter, ozone and nitrogen, the Hawa Dawa Sentience devices also collect environmental data. The air quality data is transmitted to the Westenergie platform, which prepares this data for the municipalities and provides a clear presentation on the dashboard. On the six digital screens attached to the smart poles, information on local air quality can also be displayed directly to citizens.

Karim Tarraf, Managing Director of Hawa Dawa, explains: “We know from our discussions with municipalities that the Smart City initiatives are designed to make the urban environment more livable in an efficient way. Hawa Dawa solutions start right here: they can be used in both existing and new structures to digitally display air quality information efficiently and comprehensively. The cooperation with Westenergie in Essen shows what this can look like in reality. Intelligent street lighting is an important infrastructure element of a smart city. Also, our devices are designed in such a way that urban LoRaWan or GSM is used for data transfer. In this way, the bundling of individual technologies into holistic solutions brings significant added value for cities and citizens and focuses on improving the quality of life. Solution ecosystems are the economic form of the future. We are open to presenting the data ourselves in our dashboard products or, as in the case of Essen, to make the data available via an interface (API) for further use.”

Hawa Dawa’s approach is, as far as possible and sufficient, to use existing infrastructure and air quality measurements to make relevant air quality information available. The display of air quality information, which is processed depending on the application, can be carried out on an intuitive dashboard or by direct integration into downstream systems – e.g. for environmentally sensitive traffic control. Where the existing data density is not sufficient for the application, the installation of Hawa Dawa Sentience IoT measuring instruments can cost-effectively add additional measuring points.

Hawa Dawa and Bernard Group enter into a partnership

The joint solution provides essential insights into traffic and air quality correlation

Hawa Dawa and the Munich-based Bernard Group, an internationally operating family-owned engineering services company, which has been considered an expert in traffic censuses and analysis for decades, are partnering to provide their customers with a solution that allows them to analyse the correlation between traffic and air quality.

 The joint solution builds on the established devices of both companies for traffic counting or air pollutant measurement, respectively. It enables a correlation of local traffic data with air quality data. In this way, valuable information is generated from the two data sources, and the data is related to each other. Based on this information, concrete decisions and actions can be derived. On the one hand, more profound insights into the influence of traffic on air quality at specific locations are created; on the other hand, patterns and measures for critical scenarios can be identified. The goal is to use data and analyses for creating a comprehensive mapping of the complex interrelationships between air quality, transport and climate in an intuitive way, and to achieve efficiency gains in the development and implementation of intelligent measures to improve air quality. Read more

Zum European Clean Air Day – kostenlose Testphase von 4 Monaten

Hawa Dawa startet die Smart Air City Kampagne 2020

Hawa Dawa startet pünktlich zum Aktionstag der European Clean Air Initiative (https://cleanairday.eu/) am 15.10.2020 die diesjährige Smart Air City Kampagne:

1 – Ein Ziel: Saubere Luft

2 – Zwei Sentience Luftmessgeräte kostenlos

3 – In drei Städten

4 – Für vier Monate

Bewerbungen sind ab sofort möglich. Read more

City of Ulm selects technology of Hawa Dawa

Hawa Dawa becomes part of the project zukunftskommune@bw in the city of Ulm

Hawa Dawa was awarded the contract within the public tender for the procurement of LoRaWan-capable air/climate sensors in the Eselsberg project area in the city of Ulm. Hawa Dawa will install a network of several Sentience air quality measurement devices, develop a comprehensive display from the measured values and feed the data via API into the Ulm data platform, which is currently under construction. The data will be made available as open IoT data. Read more

Hawa Dawa is “Digital Startup of the Year 2020”

Hawa Dawa has been recognised with the “Digital Start-up of the Year 2020”  award at the IFA in Berlin. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) awards this prize annually to promising young digital companies from the BMWi start-up initiatives, which have already established themselves on the market. The award recognises start-ups who have implemented their founding ideas particularly successfully in a short time and are pursuing promising concepts for further growth. Read more

Hawa Dawa establishes a local network for measuring air quality in the city of Seelze

Hawa Dawa has been commissioned by the city of Seelze to establish a local network of IoT (Internet of Things) measuring instruments. A total of three Hawa Dawa Sentience air measurement devices will provide hourly values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) in places identified by the city of Seelze as useful.

 In the city of Seelze live 36,000 inhabitants on an area of 54 square kilometres. Seelze neighbours directly to the west on the state capital of Lower Saxony, Hanover. There are no permanently installed public measuring stations in the city of Seelze. Temporary measurements did not show that the official threshold value for NO2 of 40.0 micrograms per m3 was exceeded. Nevertheless, the city of Seelze is aware of the health risks posed by polluted air even below the legal limit and has decided to actively address this problem. The first step is to obtain clarity on the current air quality.

The Hawa Dawa solution for Seelze presents the measured values close to real-time in digital form on an interactive dashboard. Monthly reports provide in-depth insights into patterns and timing, taking into account temperature and wind data. By using Hawa Dawa IoT air measurement devices, Seelze can determine the locations where the measurements will be made, taking into account local requirements. The Hawa Dawa PRO Dashboard used by Seelze enables additional insights on air quality in Seelze to be gained through a heatmap display – after all, information about the places where people are actually staying are crucial.

Karim Tarraf, CEO of Hawa Dawa, explains: “Many smaller to medium-sized cities are in the situation of Seelze, that there are no public measuring stations. The decision-makers do not have up-to-date information on the impact on air quality caused by traffic and other issuers. We believe that local air quality facts are a prerequisite for taking effective action against air pollution and protecting the population. Here, mere measurements are not sufficient, but it is imperative to analyse the data in context. We are pleased to support the city of Seelze in this project.”

Hawa Dawa provides data-based decision-making platform to reduce urban traffic-induced emissions in Mainz

Better urban air quality does not need drastic measures – but a meaningful database for decisions

Hawa Dawa has been commissioned by Stadtwerke Mainz with an innovative and result-driven project: creating a sustainable data-based decision-making basis. Hawa Dawa will propose stepped measures to improve urban air quality based on their projected impact on air quality, applying data-based analyses, and forecasts. For this purpose, an intelligent infrastructure for collecting environmental and traffic data as well as a data platform for evaluation is established. Read more