We address the global problem of air pollution by combining a special moss culture with IoT technology. Each "CityTree" has the effect of up to 275 urban trees, yet it requires less than 1% of the space and no groundwork. In addition, analogue information and digital content could be implemented.
Every day 90% of cities' inhabitants breathe polluted air which becomes the cause of every 7th death worldwide. The major components of air pollution are nitrogen oxides, ozone and especially fine dust (PM), of which 10µg per m³ of air shorten the life span by half a year.
We address this global problem by combining our own develoved Internet of Things (IoT) technology with the natural capability of special moss cultures to filter fine dust, nitrogen oxides and therefore a large amount of CO2 equivalents out of the air. Both technologies are patent pending or patented.
Each unit is as effective in combating air pollution as 275 regular planted urban trees at 5 % of the cost and requires 99 % less space.
To ensure the profitability of the "CityTree", implementation of visual and digital information on the vertical plant display for marketing campaigns is possible. Analogue information can be displayed as simple writing or logo, but also with the help of plants in a variety of different colors. Our system enables access to digital content by implementing technologies such as a QR-Code, iBeacon, NFC or digital screens. This makes it possible to use the CityTree for out of home media advertising as well as mobile commerce purposes. Integrated benches and the offer of additional services, such as Wi-Fi hotspot or e-bike charging stations extend the functionality of the CityTree.
Dénes Honus, Peter Sänger, Zhengliang Wu and Victor Splittgerber founded Green City Solutions in March 2014. The company has participated in several conferences regarding climate change adaptation and air pollution.
Green City Solutions is an award winning company, which in October 2014 was already declared as one of the four best CleanTech start-ups in Europe by the EU organization Climate-KIC. In September
2015 Green City Solutions has been chosen as one of eight startup companies from across the globe to participate in the first Infiniti Accelerator driven by Nest. The German start-up was also one of six chosen applicants out of more than 3,000 entries from more than 100 countries for the Innovation Grand Challenge and is now among the top three winner’s circle. The CityTree has also been awarded as the nationwide winner in the category
'Environment' of the 'Germany – Land of Ideas' initiative and a winner of the 'Go Green' category at European Youth Festival in Graz. Moreover, since November Green City Solutions bears the title of 'Cultural and Creative Pilot Germany 2015' and won the first place at the 'Urban Futures ideas competition' of Fraunhofer.
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Green City Solutions live at CeBIT 2016 Hall 4, Stand B72