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Interpreting air quality data for the city of Minsk with isofix (heat) map using machine learning technologies and analytics

Airly, together with local partner VidaLink, aims to exchange environmental data analytics technologies and improve the visualization process. Airly will expand further the sensor network in Minsk and implement a new mathematical model for data visualization. 

Airly sensors in combination with Avicenna Math Analytics will create isofix map layers on air pollution and health risks caused by deviations in environmental quality indicators. This will be in addition to determining the quality of outdoor environment in two areas of Minsk: a district around a tractor factory and the residential district New Borovaya.

Vidalink and Airly team members at work


An innovative combination of sensors, analytics, and isofix map layers will be implemented for the first time on the global market and will include the following interactions with the customer:

  1. Establish and notify the increased risk of the transmission and spread of respiratory diseases for citizens near factories and roads.
  2. Assess and demonstrate the risks of progressing diseases linked with polluted air using isofix maps.
  3. Assess and demonstrate the risks for the 6 body systems – respiratory, mental, cardiovascular, sensory, neuro and immune – as well as virus activity level.

The Airly solution will help Belarusian citizens understand the exact level and spread of air pollution in their areas. Real-time measurements can warn for potential environmental threats and help people manage outdoor activities. Belarusian companies can use the data about air quality and forecasts for CSR campaigns, smarter advertising, sales growth, the creation of a community around their brands, to add value to their services or as a competitive advantage. In the long term, Airly’s solutions can improve air quality and reduce the incidence of respiratory diseases.

    A screen from MyAirly map in Minsk


The project is the next step after the first 12 air quality sensors were installed in Minsk, Grodno, Brest, Vitebsk, Mogilev and Gomel over the summer and autumn of 2020 as part of the partnership between Airly, UNDP and the Polish Aid. The plan assumes that by the end of 2021, it will be possible to provide every citizen in Belarus with information about air quality.  

Although Belarus has good air quality in comparison to other Eastern European countries, mostly due to a gas-based energy sector, increasing traffic and worsening global air pollution may still affect the country. Therefore it is important to deliver an innovative solution that will allow constant monitoring of the situation in order to help prepare for possible threats and even take actions to prevent them.

Air pollution is a global issue that is not only related to CO2 emissions, but also involves other gases and particulate pollutants that affect human health, and according to the WHO, these pollutants cause hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year. Constant air quality monitoring, reliable data in an understandable format and precise forecasting all will help citizens better understand the invisible and imperceptible danger that is air pollution. 

“Interpreting air quality data for the city of Minsk with isofix (heat) map using machine learning technologies and analytics” is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Polish Challenge Fund, with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

If you are interested in the solution or Polish Challenge Fund, please use the following contacts:


UNDP, Programme Specialist, Polish Challenge Fund: katarzyna.rozeslaniec@undp.org 

Airly, Project manager: j.madej@airly.org 

VidaLink, Project manager: ilya.hrusch@vidalink.pro


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