Tracasa develops the European Air Quality Index application for the European Commission and the European Environment Agency

After the success of the Web version, on which the Navarrese public company has been working since 2017, the new mobile application, simple and user friendly, will distribute information on air quality across our continent to the general public.

Tracasa has developed the EuropeanAir Quality Index (AQI) mobile application under its framework contract with the EC’s Directorate-General for the Environment and the European Environment Agency. After the success of the Web version, on which the Navarrese public company has been working since 2017, the new mobile application, simple and user friendly, will disseminate information on air quality on our continent to the public at large.

The mobile application, available for both the iOS and Android platforms, was rolled out yesterday in Madrid at the EU Clean Air Forum by Florika Fink-Hooijer, the head of the EC’s Directorate-General for the Environment, and Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency. On hand at the event were Moisés Zalba, Tracasa’s Director of Operations, and María Cabello, Commercial and International Business Development Manager of the Navarrese company.

As part of its framework contract with the EC’s Directorate-General for the environment and the European Environment Agency for the 2020-2024 period, Tracasa does environmental data consultancy, compilation and design work with information from 38 European states. On this project it worked in cooperation with the Navarrese company Biko to design the mobile application’s final look.

«With the evolution of the AQI’s website format over the years, and its success as a tool for environmental information and awareness, the new mobile application, with Biko’s excellent contribution, constitutes a step forward in terms of accessibility, consultation and usability,» stressed Zalba, along Tracasa’s line of «advancing with innovative solutions that contribute to the public sector’s digital transformation».

The work carried out by Tracasa in recent months – with a team including Miguel Villafranca, Mikel Azpilicueta (Ibertech), Igor Trébol, Rubén Razquin, Sara Domínguez, David Rivero, Iván Pérez, Josu Ramírez and Iratxe Orbe – allows users to view, on their mobile phones, air quality data collected by more than 4,500 stations throughout Europe and combined with other sources, such as the CAMS (Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service).

The mobile application was created with the aim of establishing it as a reference point for air quality data in Europe, and of informing the public about air pollution and the actions being taken to improve air quality. «It is also relevant to provide citizens with information to reduce their exposure to polluted air, so that they can make decisions about their outdoor activities, with an emphasis on vulnerable people; in addition to serving as a gateway to access information about other environmental issues», explained Ramírez, head of the Software Engineering and Spatial Data Analytics area at Tracasa.

Meanwhile, Mikel Irujo, the Government of Navarre’s Minister of Economic and Business Development, and President of Tracasa, underscored the project’s «‘made in Navarre’ technological development, and the territory’s capacity to work abroad,» while celebrating that «in the context of the two-fold ecological and digital transition, this tool is a good illustration of how technology and digitization are put at the service of institutions and citizens, providing a benefit; in this case related to the environment and health».

Founded in 1990 and based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the EEA is a European Union body whose main task is to provide high-quality, independent information on the environment. Thus, the AEMA is the main source of information for those overseeing the development, approval, execution and evaluation of environmental policies, and also for the public at large.