India’s Earth Sciences Ministry has launched the country’s first air quality mobile application to provide the forecast for air quality and corresponding health advisories in real time. The service is presently for Delhi and Pune. Also Read - Opera for Chromebooks is the world's first alternative browser optimised for Chrome OS
Available on Android at present, SAFAR-AIR will provide current and one to three day forecast based on a color-coded system indicating air quality, where red would mean “very poor.” Also Read - Clubhouse will be soon available for Android users, confirms co-founder
The app is developed by scientists at the Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology that had earlier designed country’s first air quality forecasting scheme – system for air quality forecasting and research (SAFAR). The users in Delhi and Pune, the first two cities to get the service, would now be able to plan their personal outdoor activities based on the advisories on the app. Also Read - Instagram replaces Explore with Reels tab on mobile in India
SAFAR-Mumbai will be launched in April 2015.
Releasing the app, Earth Sciences Secretary Shailesh Nayak said SAFAR-AIR was an effort by the government to generate consciousness among people and orient them towards a sustainable lifestyle low on carbon emissions.
He said the initiative was also expected to help policy makers adopt city-level practical measures for clean air, especially in Delhi. Delhi would have air quality information and advisories available for five locations – west, east, north, south, and central while it would be four – in Pune.