CUHK researchers show air quality and ECG monitors at a press conference. Photo: Handout

The Institute of Future Cities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong recently announced its latest research findings on urban air quality and personalized medicine with a focus on smart city development and application in the Greater Bay Area.

The Greater Bay Area is Beijing’s economic integration masterplan to fuse together Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other urban centers in neighboring Guangdong province into a world-class megalopolis.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong recently unveiled a slew of inventions to help Hongkongers and expats to venture into the Greater Bay Area cities. Among them is a “plug-and-play” air pollution monitor.

The device is an air pollution monitoring system with a selection of modules to gauge the density of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide (CO2), radiation, plus temperature-humidity-pressure. Users can configure the monitoring system based on their needs by inserting proper modules into the main system.

A related device is a monitor that people can wear to measure particulate matter, as airborne particulate matter is the main indicator of air pollution that can be inhaled into people’s lungs, and cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Smog formed by fine suspended pollutants has become more common in cities in Guangdong, an industrial powerhouse.

The device is able to measure PM1.0, PM2.5, PM10 particles, as well as the temperature and humidity in a user’s ambient environment. It reveals a person’s exposure to air pollution in real time.

This system can also collect wider and more comprehensive data and complement air-quality monitoring stations in fixed locations to help governments in the Greater Bay Area get a clear picture of air pollution and formulate pertinent measures.

Another invention is a wearable ECG monitor, which is a continuous electrocardiogram recorder. Users can keep track of their cardiovascular health condition at home and while on the go, and share data remotely with the university’s cardiovascular specialists.

All these devices can be connected to a computer or smartphone for real-time sharing and analysis.

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