The greatest driving force in our research is helping people to live better, and one area in particular which we’ve chosen to focus on is urban wellbeing. How can we make cities more livable?
We’ve been tackling this issue in a variety of ways – from large-scale projects like connected street lighting and LED-assisted indoor farming to more personal innovations that give consumers the power to better their immediate environment.
One such innovation is the Philips Smart Air Purifier, an app-enabled air purifier that helps users to track and control air quality via their smartphone.
The invisible threat
A significant amount of the world’s population lives in cities, particularly in China which has faced rapid urbanization over the years. For people living in megacities and those with allergies and other respiratory problems, air quality is a major issue which can contribute to poor health.
Our research showed that people are worried because air quality is invisible and there is no easy way of determining whether the air that they were breathing everyday was clean. So we set out to pioneer a smart purifier and app that enabled users to see the quality of air, both inside their homes and outdoors, from wherever they were, and allow them to remotely adjust the purifier settings based on that.
We initially developed the Smart Air Purifier for the Chinese market, where we have been the number one provider of home air purifier products since 2012. The key to providing information on outdoor air quality was to have the right meteorological data on hand to be accurate. As such, we worked closely with the Chinese Meteorological Administration to get access to comprehensive data on air quality, temperature and weather forecasts.
All of Philips air purifiers feature innovative VitaShield IPS, a state of the art, chemical-free filtration technology that can help remove bacteria, gases, dust, pollen, hair and other contaminants from the air. The Smart Air Purifier takes this technology and gives you real-time control of it, enabled by a fast and reliable connection on Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.
Because you remotely control the device via your smartphone, you can check and maintain the quality of the air in your home from anywhere, at any time. Using the smart air app, you can adjust and pre-program settings, access indoor and outdoor quality indexes, and receive alerts whenever air quality reaches unsafe levels.
The livability of a city doesn’t just depend on a person’s personal space but the environments they interact with every day. Therefore, we went to great lengths to ensure that the Smart Air Purifier had a scope outside of the home. The product gives you the ability to select which cities or neighborhoods you wish to track, giving you the information you need to make the right choices for your health and wellbeing.
It’s through digital innovation like this that we are making cities smarter, safer and more livable.