USA: AirNOW

AirNOW

http://www.airnow.gov

1. Implementation procedure

Name of the institution running website/application:United States Environmental Protection Agency
Type of the institution running website/application:

an implementation execute by a government institution

Source of financing:

public resources - state budget

Year of launching the website/application: brak danych
Service's/application's rating:

2. Implementation's characteristics

The smartphone application:

Though developed by a private enterprise, this application is based on public open data made available through the data.gov portal.

The AirNOW application allows users to get specific information on air quality conditions that is generated based on the entered postal code. Access to the application’s full functionality is limited to the United States’ territory.

Users can use the smartphone application to obtain data regarding air quality as for:

  • the hour at which the user sent the question with his/her postal code
  • the day on which the user submitted the question
  • the day following the one on which the user submitted the question.

Besides, the application’s user receives graphical information generated with the use of the Air Quality Index (AQI) based on the available data on air quality conditions.

 

The website:

Apart from information on air quality generated thanks to the entered postal code, the website also offers maps with marked levels of air quality within the United States, a given state or a city chosen by the user. Data regarding 400 cities can be compared. The website features links to Facebook and Twitter. AirNOW has its fanpages in both services, where one can find pieces of advice on healthy lifestyle, information on ecology-related events, as well as maps presenting chosen areas with low air quality levels (only on Facebook).

3. Detailed description categories

Type of the service's/application user:
  • G2C: citizens
The application service's usage area:
  • informational role fulfilled by public institutions (“we inform”)
A communication - an indication of all the media and dissemination
  • Application dedicated for mobile devices or computers local
Access to the full functionality of the service
  1. Access to the service is not required to verify the identity of users / does not require registration of your account.
Tracking of user's activity:
  • without verification / automatic verification
The service's/application's usage areas
  1. Environmental protection
Forms of interaction with users:
  1. RSS Channel
  2. Social networks (connected with Fb, Twitter, etc.)
Service's/Application's integration to social networking sites
  • Yes
Availability of service/application use instruction
Is the connection encrypted?
  • No

4. Service's/Application's integration with social networking sites

As for: 02.02.2015
Facebook number of fans: 3783
Twitter number of followers: 1337, number of tweets: 1184

5. Screen gallery

Homepage (here users enter their postal codes) <<Strona główna (strona, w ramach której użytkownik wpisuje kod pocztowy)>>

A page offering information on air quality (as for the hour at which the user submitted his/her question about current air quality conditions) <<Strona z danymi dotyczącymi jakości powietrza (według stanu na godzinę, w której użytkownik przesłał zapytanie z podanym kodem pocztowym)>>

A page offering information on air quality (forecast for the day on which the user submitted his/her enquiry) <<Strona z danymi dotyczącymi jakości powietrza (prognoza na dzień, w którym użytkownik przesłał zapytanie)>>

A page offering information on air quality (forecast for the day following the one on which a given enquiry was sent) <<Strona z danymi dotyczącymi jakości powietrza (prognoza na dzień następujący po dniu, w którym użytkownik przesłał zapytanie)>>