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Plume Labs

Early Stage Startup





Tagline

The wearable device to know what you breathe and beat air pollution.



Elevator Pitch

At Plume Labs we’re fighting against a global pandemic, against something we ignore and that affects all of us... Something that leads to 7 million deaths every year and kills more people than cigarette and obesity.

We are fighting against the world’s largest preventable health risk: air pollution!

If only we all knew what we breathe, at all hours of the day, we could avoid unneeded exposure to air pollutants: runners wouldn’t jog in the smog, parents and children could enjoy a walk in clean air, urban bikers would know the best roads to ride...

Plume Labs develops tools to beat air pollution.

Our multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and designers works hard to produce the first wearable, personal device to measure air pollution, and our open data app gives users alerts on how what they breathe–and recommendations on how to beat pollution!

Product

Plume's personal, wearable device helps everyone track their exposure to air pollution, in order to protect themselves against the harmful effects of pollution on health and well-being. Knowing what we breathe, and what we can do about it, is the first step towards solving this global health crisis.

At home or at work, users of our device are notified via an application on their mobile phone when our sensor detects high levels of pollutants (household products, cooking and heating by-products) to clear out by opening the windows. Outside, knowing the pollution level helps you avoid the most polluted areas and choose the ideal place to practice your favorite sports. Sensitive individuals such as asthma patients will be informed when the air quality becomes critical in order to avoid triggering crises.

Reducing our exposure to air pollution every day means curbing the impact of air pollution on our health and well-being – so knowing what we breathe will help us all lead better and healthier lives!


Why we are ecofriendly

The air is a vital environmental resource for humanity. The recent pollution highs in Paris and northern Europe in March 2015 reminded just how much human activity can impact our environment...

Access to information on air quality is the first step towards raising awareness of the global air pollution crisis. To make our cities breathable again, we must launch a global movement. This movement starts with one insight: with even slightly better information on what we breathe, we'd all be empowered to fight back and avoid situations of unneeded exposure – hence improving the air we actually breathe!

In the short term, our connected devices allows residents of a city to preserve their immediate environment by controlling the air quality they breathe. In the medium term, citizen-sourced pollution sensing will optimize and guide local political choice of the mayor and local governments for the preservation of clean air. At a national, European, and global scale, a better understanding of the evolution of pollution will make public policy more proactive and effective.

Finally, our project will catalyse public support for the development of eco-friendly and sustainable urban systems with greater environmental efficiency. It will democratize information about the city pollution, which encourages the use of responsible mobility.

Knowing what we all breathe is the first step towards eliminating urban air pollution. And we aim to do it in our lifetime!

Latest News

In March 2015, Plume Labs helped raise awareness of the high pollution peaks in Paris and northern Europe, when its web app tracking real-time pollution levels in 60 major cities around the world showed Paris was more polluted than usual chart toppers such as Beijing or Shanghai. The French government decided to pull half of the cars from the road in an attempt to curb particulate matter levels, and our AirReport was featured in Le Monde, France 24, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the BBC, NPR, ABC News, ThinkProgress, etc.

In April 2015, Plume Labs received an 'Innovators Under 35 France' award from MIT's Technology Review recognizing the global impact and potential of its technology.

In May 2015, Plume Labs will launch the iOS version of the AirReport, helping its users track live pollutant levels in 60+ major cities around the world and receive advice and recommendations on when to enjoy their city and when to avoid exposure.

In June, 2015 the first prototype deployment of Plume Labs' sensors and crowd-sensing platform will enable visitors at Future En Seine, the major digital festival in France held in Paris on June 11-14, to take a sensor prototype with them during their visit – and help crowdsource the first live map of air pollution in Paris's "Silicon Sentier" tech neighborhood!

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Version History

2015-04-26 20:43:03 - changed ecopitch to 'The air is a vital environmental resource for humanity. The recent pollution highs in Paris and northern Europe in...'

2015-04-26 20:39:46 - changed lookingformentor to 'We are looking for support, guidance and help to build a global movement and make our cities breathable again. If...'

2015-04-26 20:39:37 - changed awards to 'April 2015: MIT Tech Review Innovators Under 35 France Awards February 2015: European Commission Apps4EU...'

2015-04-26 20:37:34 - changed latestnews to 'In March 2015, Plume Labs helped raise awareness of the high pollution peaks in Paris and northern Europe, when its...'

2015-04-26 20:36:38 - changed productpitch to 'Plume's personal, wearable device helps everyone track their exposure to air pollution, in order to protect...'



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Revenues

2014:
0€

Fundraising

Not disclosed

Capital Raised

Not disclosed

Grants Raised

Grants from:
- European Union EIT Climate-KIC
- BPI France (French government innovation bank)
- Mairie de Paris (City of Paris)
- Région Ile-de-France (Greater Paris government)

Employees

9

Investors

Not disclosed

Customers

Not disclosed




Awards

April 2015: MIT Tech Review Innovators Under 35 France Awards
February 2015: European Commission Apps4EU Finalist
December 2014: Jury Grand Prize at 'Osons La France' French Innovation Summit
November 2014: Oxygen Award at 'Les Respirations' Air Quality Conference in Paris

Request for Mentors

We are looking for support, guidance and help to build a global movement and make our cities breathable again. If you'd like to help, please reach out!

Country of Origin

France

Founded

In July 2014 by Romain Lacombe & David Lissmyr

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Team

Romain Lacombe – CEO
David Lissmyr – CTO
Antonin Milza – Partnerships
Antoine Gonthier – R&D

Contact Person

Romain Lacombe
Founder & CEO
romain@plumelabs.com

Headquarter

Paris

Tags

#air #pollution #cities #hardware #wearables #IoT #opendata