New Breathe London data: Covid-19 confinement measures reduce London air pollution

New Breathe London data: Covid-19 confinement measures reduce London air pollution)

Breathe London preliminary analysis results reveal substantial NO2 pollution reductions after the UK government implemented restrictions to reduce the spread of Covid-19, particularly after social distancing was strongly encouraged on 16 March.

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AQMesh keeps essential air quality data accessible during lockdown

AQMesh keeps essential air quality data accessible during lockdown)

Technology is critical to so many essential services during the current global COVID-19 crisis, but it is also allowing local air quality to continue to be monitored, in real-time, across the world. Small sensor air quality monitors such as AQMesh pods can use cloud data storage to ensure that air quality information is stored and accessible even when staff are not able to visit equipment.

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AQMesh monitors air quality around mining facilities in South Africa

AQMesh monitors air quality around mining facilities in South Africa)

Mining applications in Southern Africa which use AQMesh include copper, phosphate platinum and coal extraction and handling. Typically the mining client will set up a network of pods to monitor in key locations around the perimeter of the facility, potentially including nearby sensitive zones, such as schools.

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The challenges and benefits of using small sensor technology for local air quality monitoring

The challenges and benefits of using small sensor technology for local air quality monitoring)

The small sensor air quality monitoring world has moved on during the last three years and we have identified several new challenges and benefits relating to the continual development of air quality monitoring technology.

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AQMesh used to monitor pollution from alternative cooking fuels in Kenya

AQMesh used to monitor pollution from alternative cooking fuels in Kenya)

Three AQMesh pods have been monitoring air quality in Kenya as part of a study to measure the impact of using biogas as an alternative cooking fuel.

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AQMesh is recognised as the most accurate multi-parameter small sensor system for outdoor air quality monitoring in AIRLAB International Microsensors Challenge

AQMesh is recognised as the most accurate multi-parameter small sensor system for outdoor air quality monitoring in AIRLAB International Microsensors Challenge)

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.

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Technology underpins Breathe London SMART 50 award

Technology underpins Breathe London SMART 50 award)

The Breathe London project has been announced as the winner of a SMART 50 Award by Smart Cities Connect, within the Digital Transformation category.

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Air pollution to be monitored at 22 schools in Newcastle, UK

Air pollution to be monitored at 22 schools in Newcastle, UK)

A network of sensors has been set up in Newcastle in order to give policymakers a more accurate picture of the air being breathed by children. The project is a collaboration with Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council who have installed 22 air pollution sensors outside schools that are located close to major roads.

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Air pollution set to exceed limits at four out of five Breathe London sites

Air pollution set to exceed limits at four out of five Breathe London sites)

Last month Environmental Defense Fund Europe (EDFE) together with Mayor Sadiq Khan are releasing the second wave of data from Breathe London, an ambitious collaborative project to measure and map air pollution across the capital.

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Two AQMesh pods operating across Spain for over 6 years

Two AQMesh pods operating across Spain for over 6 years)

Whilst not the only AQMesh pods still in regular use since the product was commercially launched in 2013, two AQMesh pods are still in use in Spain and demonstrate the long life of this small sensor air quality monitoring system.

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AQMesh can check if your employees are exposed to air pollutants as harmful as cigarette smoke

AQMesh can check if your employees are exposed to air pollutants as harmful as cigarette smoke)

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that long-term exposure to poor air quality can have the same damaging effect as smoking 20 cigarettes a day, with air pollution shown to be more dangerous than passive smoking.

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MPCA publishes local air quality data from AQMesh

MPCA publishes local air quality data from AQMesh)

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has been monitoring Minnesota’s air quality for a number of years, and it is generally considered to be good. However, MPCA wanted to understand how air pollution varies across small distances in order to minimise vulnerable communities’ exposure to harmful pollutants.

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London’s air quality goes online with AQMesh

London’s air quality goes online with AQMesh)

Detailed information on London’s (UK) air pollution is now being published on breathelondon.org, the website for a new collaborative project to paint a clearer picture of the city’s air quality.

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AQMesh used by Glasgow schools aiming to reduce vehicle pollution

AQMesh used by Glasgow schools aiming to reduce vehicle pollution)

Schools near Glasgow have been monitoring air quality as part of a project aiming to reduce the levels of pollution emitted by vehicles as they drop off and collect children. The project is part of a ‘Beat the Street’ initiative that was granted £50,000 from a new £1million fund to increase walking, cycling and sustainable travel in Scotland.

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AQMesh network will be used to manage Marseille tunnel ventilation

AQMesh network will be used to manage Marseille tunnel ventilation)

Following a successful evaluation phase in 2018, AQMesh small sensor air quality monitoring ‘pods’ have been selected for use in a project to control the ventilation of a road tunnel in the city of Marseille.

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AQMesh used by Guardian journalists in the UK to highlight air quality risks in London

AQMesh used by Guardian journalists in the UK to highlight air quality risks in London)

Supporting the aims of Clean Air Day today, 20th June 2019, the Guardian has published a short film demonstrating the changing levels of pollution that children are exposed to as they walk to school in London.

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Projet Borée : les micro-capteurs sont installés tunnel L2, Montolivet Sud

Projet Borée : les micro-capteurs sont installés tunnel L2, Montolivet Sud)

Suite à une phase d’évaluation et en raison de sa qualité de mesure, la solution AQMesh a été sélectionnée dans le cadre d’un projet d’asservissement de la ventilation d’un tunnel routier dans la ville de Marseille.

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Thames network to monitor air pollution from cruise ships

Thames network to monitor air pollution from cruise ships)

A new network of air pollution monitors has been installed to record emissions from cruise ships docking in Greenwich.

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New modular options for AQMesh air quality monitoring systems

New modular options for AQMesh air quality monitoring systems)

The AQMesh small sensor air quality monitoring system already offers flexibility of monitoring location – through independent power and communications – as well as high data quality and traceability.

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How clean is your local air?

How clean is your local air?)

Few people know how clean the air is where they live, work, exercise or where their children go to school. Although air quality can be shown to vary significantly over short distances, air pollution is generally measured using a small number of large, expensive and high quality monitoring stations.

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AQMesh thrives through another harsh Winter

AQMesh thrives through another harsh Winter)

North Americans will be well aware of the particularly harsh weather in the early months of 2019, but AQMesh has taken conditions in its stride. The AQMesh stated operating range of -20°C to + 40°C is backed up by long-term operation across a wide range of climates.

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AQMesh used in smart cities to share air quality data with the public

AQMesh used in smart cities to share air quality data with the public)

In an inter-connected world, air quality is increasingly becoming another measurement made available to the public, but how reliable is the data?

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AQMesh measures influence of cruise ship emissions on local air quality

AQMesh measures influence of cruise ship emissions on local air quality)

AQMesh has been used in a project at the Port of Kiel, Germany, to measure emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx) and fine particulate matter (PM) around its cruise ship terminal.

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Latest AQMesh co-location studies show capability of small sensor systems

Latest AQMesh co-location studies show capability of small sensor systems)

Recent co-location comparison trials against certified reference equipment continue to prove AQMesh performance and reliability for localised air quality monitoring.

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Urban Observatory monitors Newcastle with new generation of environmental sensors

Urban Observatory monitors Newcastle with new generation of environmental sensors)

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.

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AQMesh shows high accuracy local ozone readings across global locations

AQMesh shows high accuracy local ozone readings across global locations)

AQMesh has been measuring ozone (O3) using small sensors since 2011 and the readings from the latest generation electrochemical sensor, using AQMesh v4.2.3 processing, as compared to co-located certified reference readings, consistently show an R2 of over 0.9 with an accuracy ±10ppb (20µg/m3).

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Car-free Cardiff achieves 69% air quality improvement

Car-free Cardiff achieves 69% air quality improvement)

On Sunday 13th May 2018, Cardiff Council organised a car-free day in the city’s central area. As a result of this event air quality monitoring data showed an average 69% drop in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – one of the pollutants of greatest public health concern.

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AQMesh introduces new CO2 and H2S monitoring capability

AQMesh introduces new CO2 and H2S monitoring capability)

AQMesh is now able to offer CO2 and H2S within its range of gas options for local air pollution monitoring. The NDIR CO2 sensor, which can be offered within a single AQMesh pod alongside five other gases out of NO, NO2, O3, CO, SO2 or H2S, as well as PM1, PM2.5, PM10, temperature, pressure and humidity, has been developed to deliver a higher performance than those typically used for indoor air quality monitoring.

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AQMesh to be used in new ‘hyperlocal’ air quality network for London

AQMesh to be used in new ‘hyperlocal’ air quality network for London)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new, street-by-street monitoring system that will help to improve that capital’s air quality. From July 2018, and operating for a year, London will benefit from what is being described as the world’s most sophisticated air quality monitoring system.

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Traffic pollution in office buildings drives innovative indoor-outdoor air quality management

Traffic pollution in office buildings drives innovative indoor-outdoor air quality management)

Extensive research has shown that indoor air quality is often worse than outdoors. Closed system buildings trap harmful particles inside, and external air intakes can bring in more polluted air from outside.

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MPCA AQMesh small sensor AQ network takes shape in Minneapolis – St. Paul

MPCA AQMesh small sensor AQ network takes shape in Minneapolis – St. Paul)

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.

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Smart cities risk reputation with poor air quality data

Smart cities risk reputation with poor air quality data)

The team at AQMesh continue to receive many enquiries from smart city initiatives and are concerned that integrators risk undermining entire projects by distributing meaningless or misleading air quality information.

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AQMesh monitors the impact of new Oxford shopping centre on local air quality

AQMesh monitors the impact of new Oxford shopping centre on local air quality)

Oxford City Council has been managing two AQMesh pods, supplied by Air Monitors Ltd, in order to monitor the impact the new Westgate centre is having on local air quality.

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AQMesh shown to achieve highest correlation coefficients in new ACS paper

AQMesh shown to achieve highest correlation coefficients in new ACS paper)

A new paper published by the American Chemical Society (ACS Sensors) reviews the use of amperometric electrochemical gas sensors for monitoring inorganic gases that affect urban air quality. Written by John Saffell and Ronan Baron of Alphasense, the paper gives a full explanation of how the sensors work, how they have developed and a review of how they have been used.

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German AQMesh distributor Envilyse visits Austria for annual ambient air conference

German AQMesh distributor Envilyse visits Austria for annual ambient air conference)

In October, the AQMesh distributor in Germany was personally invited to Austria to take part in an annual conference for the ambient air community.

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Upplands Motor in Stockholm compares air quality indoor and outdoor

Upplands Motor in Stockholm compares air quality indoor and outdoor)

Two AQMesh pods were used to measure NO, NO2, O3 and CO during May and June 2017 at Upplands Motor Stockholm AB car dealership in Sweden, located on the highway between Stockholm city centre and Arlanda airport.

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AQMesh selected for 2017 Parliamentary Review

AQMesh selected for 2017 Parliamentary Review)

AQMesh was selected to be included in the 2017 Parliamentary Review as an industry leader within the environmental technology sector.

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AQMesh used to measure local air quality at Surrey school

AQMesh used to measure local air quality at Surrey school)

Cleves School in Weybridge, Surrey (UK) has used AQMesh to measure pollution at the primary school’s entrance.

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Professor Rod Jones’ presentation on large scale deployment of sensors

Professor Rod Jones’ presentation on large scale deployment of sensors)

At the IAPSC in May 2017, Professor Rod Jones of the University of Cambridge presented his case study on large scale deployment of sensors, which included showing how AQMesh can be used to discriminate between local sources of pollution and regional sources of pollution.

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AQMesh measures SO2 and PM from Nicaragua volcano

AQMesh measures SO2 and PM from Nicaragua volcano)

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New AQMesh co-location comparisons show very strong correlation values

New AQMesh co-location comparisons show very strong correlation values)

Recent co-location comparison trials using the latest AQMesh processing (v4.2.3) have further proven AQMesh performance with impressive R2 values in excess of O.8 and 0.9 for NO2 in Benelux, Slovakia and Spain.

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AQMesh complements air quality modelling, reference equipment and indicative data sources

AQMesh complements air quality modelling, reference equipment and indicative data sources)

Leading small sensor air quality monitor, AQMesh, has recently been shown to work alongside passive samplers and air quality models, as well as complementing reference station networks.

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AQMesh can also be scaled using diffusion tubes

AQMesh can also be scaled using diffusion tubes)

The AQMesh team has carried out a test which shows that calibration (scaling) of AQMesh against one, or ideally several, diffusion tubes, is a viable option when no local reference station is available.

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Assess employee air pollution exposure with AQMesh

Assess employee air pollution exposure with AQMesh)

On 9th April The Sunday Times reported that employers have been told they are legally obliged to protect their staff from diesel fumes — and could be sued if workers develop cancer later in life.

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Easy integration of air quality data for smart cities with AQMesh

Easy integration of air quality data for smart cities with AQMesh)

IT teams are attracted by how readily data can be integrated and communicated whilst air quality professionals focus on how meaningful the air quality readings are.

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Value for money air quality sensors for smart cities

Value for money air quality sensors for smart cities)

Smart city projects increasingly seek to include air quality measurements. If city authorities and the public are being asked to act based on air quality readings they must be credible.

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AQMesh demonstrates legitimacy of small sensors for air quality in Cambridge

AQMesh demonstrates legitimacy of small sensors for air quality in Cambridge)

At the RSC AAMG event on ‘Air Quality Monitoring: Evolving Issues and New Technologies’ Professor Rod Jones of the University of Cambridge presented a paper showing very encouraging results.

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Crushed AQMesh pod still working perfectly

Crushed AQMesh pod still working perfectly)

An AQMesh pod used in the recent Citi-Sense project in Norway was returned to us at the end of the project, and we were surprised at the condition.

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The challenges and benefits of local air quality monitoring

The challenges and benefits of local air quality monitoring)

A new generation of air quality monitors is now being offered to provide localised, real-time air quality readings – but the potential benefit is only just starting to be realised.

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Real-world monitoring of air quality using low cost air quality sensors

Real-world monitoring of air quality using low cost air quality sensors)

The emergence of sensors capable of measuring the gases and particles that make up air pollution, especially in cities and industrial areas, has driven many academic studies which evaluate the sensors and compare performance against reference methodology.

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AQMesh: a new option for flexible air quality monitoring

AQMesh: a new option for flexible air quality monitoring)

AQMesh has an impressive collection of global users and performance results measuring ambient air quality in applications ranging from traffic planning and urban hotspots to industrial fence line monitoring.

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AQMesh tracks pollution hot-spots

AQMesh tracks pollution hot-spots)

Situated in the south west of Wales (UK), in a largely rural area bordering the Brecon Beacons, Carmarthenshire’s air quality is predominantly good.

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