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Air pollution data can keep inland ports green – and in business

Air pollution data can keep inland ports green – and in business

What do developers, brands and governments need to create better services and improve health? Access to detailed air quality data.

Poor air quality affects everyone. According to MIT Sloan, air pollution is the leading cause of death in India, contributing to more than 1.6 million fatalities each year. It's the cause of 1.1 million premature deaths annually in China and, in the US, a staggering 111 million Americans endure unhealthy air.

Air pollution certainly has a huge impact on individuals, but the problem also affects businesses and government agencies.

Air pollution infiltrates every facet of life as illustrated in the above statistics.

Image credit: Hawa Dawa

That's why Munich-based company Hawa Dawa has dedicated itself to the task of obtaining detailed air quality data with the purpose of helping developers create better products and services, and agencies improve environmental and social conditions. Their data assists diverse industries including urban mobility and smart cities, health and fitness, real estate, and finance.

Perhaps surprising, the air quality data Hawa Dawa collects can also help inland ports maintain a low environmental impact without sacrificing efficiency.

“Air quality is a non-negligible fact in all areas of human life. Therefore, the number of possible use cases is huge. We trust in the creativity of the developer community to take this opportunity forward and enhance their products with our data and contribute to healthier lives and economic wealth." – Karim Tarraf, CEO and Co-Founder of Hawa Dawa


Transforming air pollution data into action

When it comes to managing air quality and meeting environmental targets, the transportation and logistics industry has a great responsibility in reducing CO2, as automotive manufacturing and logistics services contribute 1/5 of the world's greenhouse gases.

Inland ports, as urban hubs for imports/exports, industrial production, and container shipping, can benefit from gaining insight into air quality levels and reducing their carbon footprint.

By layering air pollution and location data, Hawa Dawa helps inland port operators answer tough questions like, "How to manage, calculate and improve portside and incoming logistics emissions?"

Image credit: Hawa Dawa.

Hawa Dawa collects air quality data from a broad range of sources including satellites, ground-based public measurement stations, IoT sensors, AI, machine learning and cloud services – and connects them with use-case data from traffic and other sources.

Using an innovative technology platform, they process the data using a secure and contained backend program.

AI ensures quality, coverage, and detail while allowing Hawa Dawa to provide data on NO2, ozone, particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), and pollen levels. They share their historic and real-time data via detailed spatial and temporal dashboards, APIs and analytics – and as of June 2021 – via the HERE Marketplace.

"The integration of environmental and social factors in port ecosystems requires a programmatic approach from data capture, to analytics and risk assessments, to substantiated strategies to avoid, shift or improve the environmental footprint of port movements." – Karim Tarraf, CEO and Co-Founder, Hawa Dawa


Hawa Dawa helps inland ports collect air quality data in their specific region including across open water, portside and port hinterland, in addition to identifying pollution trends and hotspots to make more informed decisions. Hawa Dawa also helps inland ports implement digital air quality data into existing management systems including digital twins and generating reports for liaison with city stakeholders and regional policymakers.

Hawa Dawa: air quality data specialists

Hawa Dawa specializes in air quality data with the goal of helping businesses create and maintain clean-air strategies and solutions:
  • Understanding the impact of organizations on air quality
  • Using air quality data to make fact-based decisions about eco-sensitive logistics
  • Collecting digital air quality data for the whole harbor ecosystem
  • Meeting and managing regulatory compliance and container shipping accountability to reduce air pollution emissions
  • Using air quality data to develop innovative plans for fee scheduling, emission standards, and data-based compensation schemes
  • Communicating corporate responsibility and sharing efforts with a global air quality network

Reducing and eliminating CO2 emissions via renewable energy and green transportation methods, in addition to creating more  green space, is the only way to improve air quality long term.

However, gaining insight into the details of air pollution is an immediate way to begin modifying behaviors and preventing sickness.

“We are happy to offer this comprehensive system to ports and port authorities and believe with the prominence of AI, Big Data and the urgency to act, eco-sensitivity will become a mainstream feat in port management." – Karim Tarraf, CEO and Co-Founder, Hawa Dawa


Access a world of location assets and a rich ecosystem of partners and developers with HERE Marketplace.

Jasmine Reimer

Jasmine Reimer

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