This project is solving the My Sky Color challenge. Description
Snap the skies clean with SkySnapper!
The World Health Organisation estimates that 7 million deaths per year are linked to air pollution, one in every eight deaths globally. In China alone, each year 500,000 deaths are caused by air pollution. There are 300 air quality monitor sites in the UK and approximately 5000 National, State and Local Air Monitoring Stations in the US, but more DATA and more public ENGAGEMENT are needed to track air pollution and build supporters in the fight against air pollution.
SkySnapper is an exciting new online service that engages the public on the topic of air pollution and gets them actively involved in tracking pollution, without needing any specialised equipment. All that's needed is a smartphone or camera and internet connection.
YOU CAN HELP by becoming a SkySnapper! Send in your photos of the sky using our SkySnapper iPhone App or our SkySnapper.net website. We will then analyse your picture to assess the colour of the sky, which gives an indication of the levels of pollution in the air. For example, a light blue sky can indicate the presence of sulphur in the air, possibly from a coal-burning power station. Learn more about sky colours in our Sky Zone. You will be able to see your snap's analysis, and explore the interactive map to discover the most (or least) polluted areas of the world and see how air pollution levels change over time.
We've built our website using Google's AppEngine platform so we're confident it can scale to handle global demand and remain responsive. We're also providing developer tools so that enthusiasts can build their own air quality monitoring stations to send consistent snaps to our servers, allowing us to better analyse changes over time.
We are already working to improve SkySnapper. What started as a 25-hour hackathon project has built momentum with an enthusiastic Twitter outreach campaign and we are working on a roadmap of improvements that will:
increase the quality of our analysis and feedback
allow submission of photos from other devices (e.g. from Android smartphones, and possibly Google Glass!)
bring gamification features to increase the incentive for people to "collect" sky photos (e.g. badges, leaderboard)
provide guidance to developers on how to build an automated SkySnapper (e.g. based on a RaspberryPi with Pi camera)
All consultants from PA Consulting's IT Delivery Practice, the team consists of -
Ben Noble - Mobile solution developer
James Shepherd - Web services developer
George Buckingham - Web front-end developer
David Stanton - Mobile developer
Finlay Edridge - Consultant and social media
License: GNU Library or "Lesser" General Public License version 3.0 (LGPL-3.0)
Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/Benn83uk/SpaceAppsChallenge2014
Sky Snapper - http://www.skysnapper.net/
SkySnapper @ Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/skysnapper
Sky Snapper @ Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/skysnapperlondon
Sky Snapper @ Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/skysnapper