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DRAXIS was founded in 2000 in Thessaloniki - Greece focusing on providing consulting, solution development, implementation and management of Environmental Technologies. DRAXIS helps local authorities and private organizations in Environmental Management, improvement of natural resource use and effective integration of environmental management issues into the decision making process. DRAXIS portfolio includes more than 40 local and national authorities, and more than 150 private organizations.
The company specializes in:
1. Environmental software development
2. Environmental Impact Assessment Studies
3. Environmental consulting services
4. Dissemination and Exploitation of EU projects
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DRAXIS coordinates the project “hackAIR: Collective awareness platform for outdoor air pollution” which has received funding under the Horizon 2020 programme. The hackAIR project aims to develop an open platform that will enable communities of citizens to easily set up air quality monitoring networks and engage their members in measuring and publishing outdoor air pollution levels, leveraging the power of online social networks, mobile and open hardware technologies, and engagement strategies.
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hackAIR- Collective awareness platform for outdoor air pollution
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The overall objective of hackAIR is to develop and pilot test an open platform that will enable communities of citizens to easily set up air quality monitoring networks and engage their members in measuring and publishing outdoor air pollution levels, leveraging the power of online social networks, mobile and open hardware technologies, and engagement strategies. The hackAIR platform will enable the collection of data from:
• measurements from existing air quality stations and open data
• user-generated sky-depicting images (either publicly available geo-tagged and time-stamped images posted through social media platforms, or images captured by users
• low-cost open hardware devices easily assembled by citizens using commercial off-the-shelf parts A data fusion algorithm and reasoning services will be developed for synthesising heterogeneous air quality data into air quality-aware personalised services to citizens.
The hackAIR platform will be co-created with the users, and offered through:
• a web application that communities of citizens will be able to install and customize
• a mobile app that citizens can use to get convenient access to easy-to-understand air quality information, contribute to measurements by an open sensor, or by taking and uploading sky-depicting photos, and receive personalised air qualityaware information on their everyday activities.
The hackAIR platform will be tested in two pilot locations, with the direct participation of a grassroots NGO with >400.000 members and a health association with >19.000 members. Appropriate strategies and tools will be developed and deployed for increasing user engagement and encouraging behavioural change. The usability and effectiveness of the hackAIR platform, and its social and environmental impact will be assessed. A sustainability and exploitation strategy will pave the way for the future availability of the hackAIR toolkit, community and website, and explore opportunities for commercial exploitation.