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Supporting your air quality monitoring system when you can’t get to it

Supporting your air quality monitoring system when you can’t get to it

24-Apr-2024Fenceline | Hybrid networks | Industrial | Networks | Product | Support

Each time we think we have found a spectacularly remote monitoring location, an even more inaccessible spot is reported by one of our users. Full-day trips to visit a location have now been beaten by customers who need to charter a plane to reach them. So, remote diagnostics and support are very important.

Anodes and anemometers for harsh winter air quality monitoring

Anodes and anemometers for harsh winter air quality monitoring

11-Mar-2024Accuracy | Fenceline | Industrial | Networks | ProductIceland

We are often asked by customers whether AQMesh can operate in cold conditions. Long-term use at temperatures well below freezing, with ice and snowfall, is indeed challenging.

UK local authority uses AQMesh for cost-saving NO2 monitoring network

UK local authority uses AQMesh for cost-saving NO2 monitoring network

28-Feb-2024Accuracy | Hybrid networks | Local authorities | Networks | PerformanceUK

A UK local authority installed nine AQMesh systems at different points across a busy town, measuring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) at 15 minute intervals, monitoring 24/7. These locations were established monitoring points, where measurements had been taken previously using diffusion tubes, limited to one average reading every few weeks.

Six hidden costs to look out for when choosing a small sensor air quality monitoring system

Six hidden costs to look out for when choosing a small sensor air quality monitoring system

14-Feb-2024Construction | Environmental | Fenceline | Industrial | Local authorities | Mining | Networks | Oil & Gas

Anybody in the market for purchasing a small sensor air pollution monitoring system will need to consider budgets, but it’s not always obvious how the products being reviewed actually compare across their full operational life. 

Solar power supplies are not all equal for full-year, consistent AQ monitoring

Solar power supplies are not all equal for full-year, consistent AQ monitoring

16-Jan-2024Networks | Performance | Power supplies | Product | Solar

Autonomous power can make all the difference in hyper-local air quality monitoring. With particulate matter sampling needing a little more power than passive gas sensors, solar is the go-to power option, rather than internal battery. Most systems require sufficiently little energy that they can be powered by a relatively small solar panel, but it’s the back-up power management that makes all the difference.

University of Cambridge measures seasonal variabilities in air quality in West Africa using AQMesh

University of Cambridge measures seasonal variabilities in air quality in West Africa using AQMesh

28-Nov-2023Community | Networks | Research | UrbanAfrica

It’s great to see the team at the Department of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Cambridge using their AQMesh pods for another project, this time in Lagos, Nigeria and Yaoundé, Cameroon. 

AQMesh used in BEAIR smart pedestrian crossing systems

AQMesh used in BEAIR smart pedestrian crossing systems

16-Nov-2023Community | Networks | Smart citiesItaly

AQMesh is being used in an innovative intelligent pedestrian crossing system being developed by three collaborators across Italy, Israel and Spain.

Air quality network in Minneapolis informs targeted TVOC exposure mitigation

Air quality network in Minneapolis informs targeted TVOC exposure mitigation

25-Jul-2023Networks | Smart cities | TVOCUSA

AQMesh Product Manager, Tom Townend, will be presenting at the EPA 2023 Air Sensors Quality Assurance Workshop on Wednesday 26th July at 1pm ET (6pm BST). He will be speaking about our project in Minneapolis and quality control of large sensor networks measuring total volatile organic compounds (TVOC).

Breathe Easy Dallas chooses AQMesh

Breathe Easy Dallas chooses AQMesh

22-Jul-2023Community | Networks | Smart cities | Urban

AQMesh is being used as part of the newly revived Breathe Easy Dallas initiative – a project designed to measure and understand air pollution at neighbourhood level.

AQMesh used to study air quality at schools in Newcastle

AQMesh used to study air quality at schools in Newcastle

29-Mar-2023Networks | Schools | Smart citiesUK

Researchers at Newcastle & Northumbria Universities have published the report on their study which used AQMesh to measure air quality around schools in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

North American project unlocks the potential for small sensor air quality networks with AQMesh

North American project unlocks the potential for small sensor air quality networks with AQMesh

08-Feb-2022Data validity | Networks | Smart citiesCanada

A recent study using a network of five AQMesh pods has found that small sensor systems with a properly managed QA/QC process offer valuable air quality measurements, complementing data from expensive reference equipment.

Five AQMesh pods measure volcanic emissions around Keflavik airport

Five AQMesh pods measure volcanic emissions around Keflavik airport

08-Nov-2021Airports | Networks | Volcanic emissionsIceland

Five AQMesh air quality monitoring pods are currently installed around Keflavic airport in Iceland to monitor gases produced by the nearby volcano at Fagradalsfjall, including hydrogen sulphide (H2S), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

AQMesh measures air pollution in Glasgow ahead of COP26 meeting

AQMesh measures air pollution in Glasgow ahead of COP26 meeting

26-Oct-2021Environmental monitoring | Networks | Smart cities | UrbanUK

Two AQMesh pods measuring airborne particulate matter have been loaned to the University of Cambridge, ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, to support research into measurement of particulate matter. 

Breathe London pilot verifies small sensor air quality monitoring for smart cities

Breathe London pilot verifies small sensor air quality monitoring for smart cities

21-Apr-2021Breathe London | Data validity | Networks | Smart citiesUK

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.

The technology behind the hype of smart city air quality monitoring

The technology behind the hype of smart city air quality monitoring

16-Apr-2021Networks | Smart cities

Whilst there may be a growth in city-wide communications integration, “big data” and public interest in local air quality, the challenges of monitoring complex atmospheric chemistry have not changed. Integrating “sensors” can sound straightforward but information about air quality around a city must be handled carefully.

Local air quality data secure and accessible?

Local air quality data secure and accessible?

11-Jan-2021Data validity | Networks | Performance | Smart cities

Air quality is rarely out of the news and there are many initiatives in this field, from developments around conventional monitoring to IoT and smart city initiatives. 

Breathe London air quality data now available in 3D

Breathe London air quality data now available in 3D

14-Sep-2020Breathe London | Networks | Smart citiesUK

The Breathe London project has this week released a 3D data visualisation story created by the Environmental Defense Fund Europe and Google.

AQMesh network will be installed for monitoring around Canadian schools

AQMesh network will be installed for monitoring around Canadian schools

09-Jul-2020Networks | Schools | Smart cities | UrbanCanada

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). A fifth one will be co-located with the provisional air quality monitoring station.

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

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

07-May-2020Breathe London | Networks | Smart citiesUK

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

AQMesh keeps essential air quality data accessible during lockdown

AQMesh keeps essential air quality data accessible during lockdown

22-Apr-2020Hybrid networks | Networks | Smart cities

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.

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

06-Feb-2020Networks | Smart cities

Several years ago wrote an article about the challenges and benefits of local air quality monitoring and it continues to be our most regularly read item on our website. However 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.

Technology underpins Breathe London SMART 50 award

Technology underpins Breathe London SMART 50 award

24-Jan-2020Breathe London | Networks | Smart citiesUK

The Breathe London project has been announced as the winner of a SMART 50 Award by Smart Cities Connect, within the Digital Transformation category. Created to better understand Londoners’ exposure to air pollution, Breathe London combines state-of-the-art technology with new data analytics, delivering real-time air quality data at a hyperlocal level in the city.

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

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

25-Nov-2019Networks | Schools | Smart citiesUK

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.

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

11-Nov-2019Breathe London | Networks | Smart cities | UrbanUK

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.

MPCA publishes local air quality data from AQMesh

MPCA publishes local air quality data from AQMesh

24-Sep-2019Networks | Smart citiesUSA

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.

London’s air quality goes online with AQMesh

London’s air quality goes online with AQMesh

24-Jul-2019Breathe London | Networks | Smart citiesUK

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.

AQMesh network will be used to manage Marseille tunnel ventilation

AQMesh network will be used to manage Marseille tunnel ventilation

04-Jun-2019Networks | Tunnels | VentilationFrance

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.

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

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

04-Jun-2019Networks | Tunnels | VentilationFrance

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.

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

28-Feb-2019Networks | Smart cities

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

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

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

28-Jun-2018Breathe London | Networks | Smart citiesUK

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.

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

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

08-Mar-2018Networks | Smart cities | UrbanUSA

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.