Tackling COPD to breathe new life into Manchester

Key to CityVerve’s health and social care theme is the development of solutions to support important research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – or COPD.

COPD is, according to the British Lung Foundation, a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs. This is typically due to a narrowing of the airways.

Bronchitis and emphysema are among the most common examples of conditions that fall under the COPD bracket. The inflammation of airways and deterioration of air sacs associated with these two examples respectively can be exacerbated by the presence of air pollution.

It’s no secret that modern cities often struggle with maintaining air quality.

Assembling the team

To help tackle the issue of COPD head-on, a team comprising researchers from University Hospital of South Manchester, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester has been established to deliver a focused research project.

The study will investigate the suitability of IoT network sensors to provide information to patients and clinicians to help enable a more active and social lifestyle.

The project will also assess the possibility of using the sensors – and the information they provide – to improve patients’ own management of their disease.

Protocols for the study are already being drawn up, as well as a plan to define how the project’s findings are evaluated.

Other priorities for the coming months are securing approval of the protocol from the ethics committee, and selecting the sensor technology for the project – Smart Gateways and Satsafe will be providing this.

A solution for all

Air pollution isn’t an issue solely for big metropolises either. The population of Birmingham, Alabama totals only a few hundred thousand, and yet records some of the poorest conditions in the US for COPD sufferers.

The CityVerve COPD research project will, therefore, provide important findings for urban settlements of all sizes – feeding directly into our wider aim of creating a blueprint for smart cities worldwide.

December 22, 2016 in News

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