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10 years of innovation and leadership from AQMesh

07-Apr-2022Company news | Performance | Product

10 years of innovation and leadership from AQMesh

AQMesh has been commercially available since 2012 – making it the most proven and relied upon small sensor system on the market. During the last ten years, the team at AQMesh has never stood still by continuously improving the design and functionality of the product in response to the many challenges that localised air quality monitoring has presented around the globe.

Originally launched as a pod which could monitor only three or five gases, AQMesh has evolved over time to offer a single, compact system that can measure up to six gas pollutants from a choice of seven and particulate fractions including PM1, PM2.5, PM4 and PM10, along with additional options for noise and windspeed and direction. A range of autonomous power supply options have been developed to suit almost any monitoring location, supported with seamless data delivery via the completely secure bespoke-built AQMeshData.net server.

The team have been able to continually demonstrate and prove the product’s high quality performance in more environments and locations than any other system. Using extensive global co-location comparisons now spanning over ten years, the AQMesh team have consistently improved and developed sensor performance against certified reference / FEM equivalent methods and validate small sensor technology for air quality monitoring applications.

Access to their own onsite reference station means the AQMesh team is able to test each sensor individually through a meaningful and rigorous quality control process before it is installed. During this process, the sensitivity of each sensor to the target pollutant is measured against the reference equipment and sensors which show a response outside the defined range are rejected. Traceable adjustments can also be applied to optimise consistency, precision and accuracy through AQMesh’s proprietary data processing algorithms.

Having been established for longer than any other platform, the team has also been able to continually review the product’s long-term performance. Baseline stability of AQMesh’s electrochemical sensors has been continually proven over many years of independent global co-location trials against certified reference equipment. These trials have also enabled AQMesh to be tested in the widest possible range of real-world applications, environments, seasons and climates. AQMesh pods have continued to operate under snowy conditions in Sweden, Minnesota and Iceland, in the scorching heat of Iraq deserts and in the heavy, humid rainfalls seen in Asia. The expansive range of countries that AQMesh has been used in has helped the team lead the way in small sensor air quality monitoring system design and ensuring the product is fit for purpose in every possible environment.

The AQMesh team has built strong relationships with reputable global partners over the years and has fully trained them to support AQMesh in their local regions, meaning that location is not a barrier to supplying AQMesh. Through this well-established network of authorised global distributors and AQMesh’s own remote support, the AQMesh team pride themselves on the high level of customer service and technical support it can offer its users wherever they may be.

Another of the many benefits of choosing AQMesh as your air quality monitoring solution is its low cost of ownership. AQMesh pods have been developed over time to require minimal maintenance and there are minimal ongoing costs. Electrochemical sensors and consumables for our filter-free particle counter are recommended for replacement every two years, and all consumable sensors are replaced for free during the first year if necessary. AQMesh was the first small sensor platform to offer a 5-year warranty, and there is also a free data access service option, allowing suitability to any budget. Customers are able to use their own local M2M SIM if they prefer, although AQMesh’s global SIM contracts give fantastic worldwide coverage and are reasonably priced, offering fixed costs and added convenience.

AQMesh has always been at the forefront of the small sensor air quality monitoring market, investing in extensive testing and development that has paved the way for other manufacturers to follow in its footsteps, as well as defining data validation methodologies and providing blueprints for deploying city-wide networks. The team continue to research, test and develop AQMesh and push the limitations of small sensors to ensure the product remains more than fit-for-purpose and offers value for money in an increasingly competitive market whilst still retaining its core principles of proven high quality data, accuracy and unbeatable customer service.