A Clean Air Barrier to Protect kids from Air Pollution
For parents raising children in urban environments, how about considering the environment this Earth Month. The quality of air your little ones breathe should be a big concern. The child’s lungs and immune system are not fully developed during their first few years (between 4 or 5 years) of life, putting them at greater risk when exposed to air pollution.
Pollution is all over the place, but gets worse at ground level. Harmful pollutants get concentrated in the area nearer the ground, where vehicle exhaust pipes give off dangerous toxins. Vehicle pollution is more concentrated about two feet off the ground; the same height as infants in strollers and prams.
The air adults breathe can be much cleaner than that of a child in a pram/stroller, based on the child’s proximity to the ground, thus putting the child’s health at risk especially when the child is exposed to a higher levels of vehicle air pollution which can trigger lung problems later on in life. A research shows that every year, 570,000 children under five years old die from respiratory infections worldwide.
Yosi Romano, first became concerned about the air quality when he was pushing his daughter along in her pram and he noticed that her daughter was basically at the same level with vehicle exhausts and was breathing in all the fumes and was inspired to create ‘Brizi’, a product that filters the air around a child in a pushchair or car seat” which took three years to be developed.
What is Brizi? It is a device used to monitor Pollution and it purifier’s air for babies.
It is mainly used to detect harmful gases or particulate matter and automatically trigger a dual-fan unit to filter the air. The patented filter system creates a clean air barrier, delivering 1.5 litres of clean, filtered air to the child’s breathing area every ten seconds. Brizi is a portable air filter designed to fit onto any pushchair and create a localised zone of clean air.
How does Brizi work?
When pollution in the air reaches “dangerous levels”, the fan filter, which is built around a child’s head rest in a pram/stroller or a car seat, is triggered to clean the air in the child’s breathing area which reduces pollution by up to 80 percent.
Filters the air and distributes clean air
The fan in the cushion filters pollution out of the air in the baby’s breathing area using Brizi’s specially designed filters. The Brizi device detects these levels by using a high-quality, commercially-available gas and particulate sensors to detect and measure levels of pollution in the ambient air around where the Brizi sensor is located. The sensor will then uploads this data to an app, which in turn activates the fan filter inside Brizi Baby. Brizi’s dual fan filter delivers 1.5 litres of filtered air every 10 seconds, forming a “clean air barrier” in the child’s breathing area, both delivering clean air and preventing polluted air from entering the breathing zone.
Detects harmful air
Brizi’s specially designed hi tech sensor detects harmful gases and particulates in the air. It uploads this information to the Brizi App via Bluetooth. The sensor is capable of delivering 10 readings per second, and is configured to detect carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. As the data from Brizi’s sensors is transmitted via Bluetooth to the app, it is possible to record air quality data readings in real-time, based on where you travel. Data from the app will show you which walking routes are more polluted than others so you know the cleanest routes for you and your baby.
Tested and Approved
The device has been tested and recommended by “Professor Prashant Kumar”, founder and director of the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) at the University of Surrey. “When tested near idling vehicles on the road, this reduction in pollution rose to 80%. The battery lasts about 24 hours on one charge and the filter needs replacing once a month. The fan activates automatically when a separate sensor unit detects high levels of pollution.
Our children are the future and we need to protect them in any way possible.
By Sarah Molefe