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Clarity's global impact on air quality with emnify

Discover how Clarity, in partnership with emnify, revolutionized air quality monitoring in over 85 cities, leveraging IoT technology for a healthier, more sustainable future.

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The challenge of air quality

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ambient air pollution is accountable for 4.2 million premature deaths every year. Cities and industries have grappled with poor air quality for decades, and the lack of an affordable and scalable monitoring solution is a leading hindrance.

Clarity's mission and innovation

Founded in 2014, Clarity is on a mission to tackle the air pollution crisis using next-generation IoT sensing and data analytic technologies. Its turnkey solution provides real-time, hyper-local air quality data that supplements existing regulatory monitors to eliminate blind spots and empower cities and communities to take more effective action.

Clarity’s global reach: Expanding monitoring capabilities

To deliver and operate Clarity products internationally - at times in remote locations, the team knew that having a cellular IoT partner for growth was vital. With emnify, today, Clarity has enabled the collection of higher-resolution air quality data in over 85 cities globally.

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Reimagining air quality monitoring

“Our customers are often challenged by the costs, complexity, and data gaps that come with traditional systems,” said CTO Paolo Micalizzi.

“What we do is rethink air quality monitoring in a more scalable way.” The Clarity solution allows governments, businesses, and communities alike to install and manage a network of hundreds or even thousands of air quality sensors with minimal resources and overhead. One key pillar is the Clarity Node, a low-cost, self-sufficient sensor system that can accommodate site-specific requirements according to the customer’s needs.

Node design and compatibility

"Our Nodes are designed to be compatible with other sensor accessories in a plug-and-play fashion, accommodating a broader range of environmental data as needed." (Paolo Micalizzi, CTO)

Data calibration and accuracy

Measurements collected by the Nodes are uploaded to the Clarity Cloud, constantly calibrated with inputs from governmental monitors, ensuring high reading accuracy.

Data visualization and public awareness

Clarity provides a private web app for data visualization and sensor management, along with the OpenMap tool for customers to share data and foster public awareness.

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Making air quality measurement scalable with cellular IoT

When building an IoT product, getting the connectivity right is critical, but it’s often easier said than done. “We developed our first prototype of the Clarity Node using LoRa technology but ended up having to deploy one LoRa gateway for each Node,” remarked Micalizzi.

To eliminate dependence on other infrastructure and simplify product installation for customers, Clarity decided on a combination of global cellular communications and solar harvesting for their sensor devices.

“For us, it became clear that if we want to make our solution scalable, our Nodes should be easily deployed and instantly connected anywhere without requiring additional network infrastructure,” he added.

After testing several global providers, “emnify’s Portal, coverage, and pricing really convinced the team at the time” – according to Baljot Singh, Co-founder and Hardware Lead.

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Efficient resource allocation

For a tech company in a high-growth phase, putting engineering resources into best use while ensuring that customers get high-quality support is top-of-mind. emnify allows Clarity to do just that.

Resolving connectivity issues

In the past, Clarity experienced connection issues with a small group of networks due to the IoT module. The team was able to resolve this quickly with the capability to block troubled networks on the Portal at the push of a button.

Streamlining device management

“I also found the tagging system of the Portal very useful on a project basis. It allows us to see all devices by the organization at a glance rather than having to search for the device ID,” added Levi Stanton, Solutions Engineering Lead.

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Optimizing costs through automation

To bring higher efficiency to their operations while eliminating the need to pre-activate SIM cards and incur the associated costs, Clarity leverages emnify’s REST API to let customers connect sensor devices out-of-the-box at their project sites.

Each Clarity Node has a node ID and SIM ICCID associated with it.

Every time the customer deploys a Node and registers it on the Clarity Dashboard, it automatically assigns and activates the SIM card with all the preconfigured tariff and service profiles.

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