Mapping Asthma in Louisville

Life is about to improve for asthmatics in Louisville, Kentucky. The city, which ranks among America’s worst for asthma sufferers and air quality, is giving away smart inhalers in order map breathing trouble spots as a part of a larger effort to clear the air in and around town.

This is clever. By mapping inhaler usage, and pairing that data with EPA environmental sensors, they are creating the kind of IoT solution I really like to see -- one that merges environmental monitoring and healthcare with smart city.

In fact, we’ve been talking around here for the past couple of weeks about the fact that smart city is really a misnomer -- since most smart city apps are so narrowly focused and do not speak across municipal departments -- they really should be called smart silos.

To break out of the silos and go to the next step beyond the smart silo, it could pair the Asthema and EPA environmental sensor data with data from video surveillance cameras and traffic flow data to cut down on CO2 from exhaust by better timing of lights to reduce idle time. 

And while the advancements in Louisville is still a first attempt and a healthcare silo, it does add tremendous value. Who would have thought Louisville would lead the way in merging data sets to create new value? Insert sigh of relief here.