Ugandan researchers develop low-cost air quality monitors
30 May 2022 | 1:54 pm
In a bid to help address air pollution, researchers at Uganda’s Makerere University have built a low-cost air quality monitor dubbed AirQo, The AirQo has a network of over 80 monitors across Uganda that use cloud-based technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence to collect, analyse, predict, and raise awareness about air quality.
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