Integrating air quality data into CliniTouch Vie

In 2019, Spirit Digital was awarded a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver real-time remote monitoring for patients, while providing accurate, location based satellite air quality data to help patients with respiratory diseases better manage their condition.

As part of this initiative, we led a project team including Earthsense, Satellite Applications Catapult and Arden & Gem Commissioning Support Unit.

The goal was to add Earth observation data into our remote monitoring platform – CliniTouch Vie – that was user-friendly and easy for patients to understand and apply to their everyday lives. 

The data includes:

  • Data from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) – used for a range of species including NO2, O3, PM2.5 and PM10. These inputs will be critical to informing surface concentrations of key pollutants.
  • Direct L3 NO2 data from Sentinel 5P to enhance regional import estimates within the air quality modelling.
  • Meteorological data (EUMETSAT via ECMWF) contributing vital wind vector information to enable pollution dispersion to be accurately calculated.
  • A satellite-enhanced digital elevation model is used to provide surface feature information (including buildings and trees).

We are proud to say that the initiative was a great success and CliniTouch has helped support thousands of patients since. This unique offering empowers CliniTouch Vie’s users by letting them know when it is safe to exercise outside in order to prevent environmentally induced exacerbations. CliniTouch Vie also provides heat index and pollen count in the air quality portal.   

Find out more in the video below that showcases our successful collaboration with four fantastically innovative organisations.

You may be interested in our insight report on Understanding how air quality can influence health outcomes.

If you would like to find out more about CliniTouch Vie and it’s air quality portal, please get in touch:

Email: or call 0800 881 5423.