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Smog gets in your eyes

“Walking or cycling to school is unhealthy” – was one of the headlines in De Standaard newspaper at the end of August above an article about air quality. Hardly an encouraging message for those parents and children full of good intentions wanting to leave the car at home at the beginning of the new school year. But why are we so fixated on air quality? And, more importantly, how can we improve air quality? In this column, Chris Van Hoof, Senior Director Connected Health Solutions imec, talks about how technology is able to measure air quality and what we can do with the data once we have them.