With wireless communications using the global mobile network and a choice of power options, including batteries, mains supply or a bespoke solar pack, AQMesh air quality monitors can be installed in almost any location.
Government, local authorities, smart cities and schools
Monitoring air quality is essential for authorities to ensure pollution levels in the area do not exceed regulatory limits. The air quality data gathered can be used to identify pollution sources, as well as develop strategies and inform policies to manage levels of air pollution and mitigate its impact on the health of the population.
Urban air pollution is typically a variety of pollutants from a range of sources, which mix at different rates, as well as being influenced by local weather conditions. Key pollutants of interest in towns and cities tend to be NO2, O3 and PM2.5, which are all harmful to our respiratory systems. Small air quality sensors for these pollutants can often be limited by the impact of fluctuating temperatures, humidity levels and other gases, but AQMesh has been carefully developed to withstand and compensate for the effects of complex environmental conditions and able to monitor levels of NO2, O3, PM2.5 (and all the other measurements on offer) accurately and reliably, so meaningful data can be used to develop policies for protecting citizens.
Many people are concerned about children being exposed to harmful pollutants not only while they travel to and from school but also whilst they are spending large proportions of the day there. Commuter traffic during busy periods and idling vehicles near the school entrance are common sources of pollution that affect the local air quality around school premises. Studies show that NO2, O3 and PM2.5 are particularly dangerous for young people as they can significantly impair lung development, as well as being key asthma triggers and causes of lung disease and cancer.
Monitoring air quality throughout towns, cities and especially around schools can help with initiatives for reducing vehicle traffic and encouraging more people to walk or use bicycles, as part of wider pollution mitigation strategies in the local area, such as increased pedestrianisation, use of public transport, improving road networks, implementing low emission zones and introducing "no idling" laws.
The AQMesh air quality monitor is neat, compact and easy install within just a few minutes and experienced technical staff are not required.
Robust hardware, wireless communications and the secure AQMeshData server mean AQMesh air quality monitors can easily reconnect themselves and continue to capture data if power is ever interrupted.
With measurements processed and stored on the secure AQMeshData server there is no need for site visits to retrieve data and should anything untoward happen to the outdoor air quality monitor, data is still perfectly safe and accessible.
AQMesh air quality monitors require very little maintenance and there is a very low ongoing cost. All we recommend is the electrochemical sensors are replaced every two years, and we replace all sensors for free during the first year.
With AQMesh outdoor air quality monitors, meaningful correction of cross-gas effects and interference from environmental conditions is consistently delivered through proven and traceable processing.
Related articles & case studies
The Breathe London pilot, which used 100 AQMesh pods as part of a ground breaking city-wide network of air quality monitoring stations, proved that small sensor monitoring technology can be deployed successfully to give results comparable with those of reference equipment.
Cleves School in Weybridge, Surrey (UK) has used AQMesh to measure pollution at the primary school’s entrance.
Four AQMesh pods are to be deployed at individual remote monitoring locations near schools in Kitchener, forming a small network to measure levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and carbon dioxide (CO2).
The UK’s first Urban Observatory, led by Newcastle University, has been designed to provide a digital view of how cities work. AQMesh air quality monitoring equipment is being deployed across Newcastle and Gateshead.
The results of the 2019 AIRLAB Microsensors Challenge* were revealed in Paris on 21st January and AQMesh was awarded the highest score for accuracy of all products presented for monitoring of outdoor air quality.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has purchased fifty AQMesh pods to measure key air pollution gases and particulate matter across fifty different zip code areas.