At the core of our partnership in 2016 was sensor specialist Alphasense, with whom we developed a standard digital front end for their electrochemical sensors. A gap in the market was identified for an electronic interface between their sensors and industry-standard microcontrollers, including Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone.

This work resulted in a product capable of sampling gas concentrations to within +/- 5 parts per billion (ppb). Subsequent development of secure, real-time data retrieval and storage allows actionable environmental data reporting from anywhere in the world.

Historically South Coast Science has supplied products to research and academic organisations, such as the United Nations and Universities around the world. As a result of this work our background has been in science more than commercial markets.

We now present solutions stemming from this foundation in academic rigour and scientific discovery. Because we have developed all of our products using an open-source platform, data can now be validated by our customers and easily integrated into their own systems.

MCERTS certified monitors

In 2022 South Coast Science was awarded MCERTS certification for particulate measurement for the Praxis/Urban. This involved gathering and comparing data output from reference instruments and collocated Praxis/Urban monitors. 

MCERTS is the Environment Agency’s Monitoring Certification Scheme for equipment, personnel and organisations and is built around International and European standards. It promotes public confidence in monitoring data, equipment and personnel and provides a framework for choosing monitoring equipment and services that meet the Environment Agency’s specifications. 

As yet, this industry has no mandatory product testing for either current manufacturers or new entrants. MCERTS provides a way to achieve independent approval of products in the UK and gives assurance of data quality and an audited manufacturing process.

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Separating noise from environmental data


South Coast Science are early adopters of collocation with reference devices, in order to better understand and correct for the well-known temperature and humidity effects on electrochemical sensors. This work has been escalated through the use of machine learning techniques.

Automated error correction in real-time

Using validated data interpretation algorithms, error correction is performed on the device and in real-time.
Testing with co-located reference instruments shows a high degree of accuracy.
Users have access to both raw and corrected data and can test against their own error correction methods to check the validity of the model.

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Product roadmap

Since the launch of the Praxis/Urban and Praxis/Cube we plan to address other main air quality sectors:
Internal air quality - Praxis/IAQ
Odour monitoring in the wastewater sector - Praxis/GasCube

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Collocation Study with Ricardo


Our Team

Bruno Beloff

is primarily responsible for software design and development. He develops and implements open standards for environmental data, enabling metadata to connect people and projects to one another.

Jamie Campbell

plays a key role in electronics development and manufacturing. His skills are at the hub of the business, bringing together system specification electronics design, software design and production.

David Johnson

recruited ex-Alphasense, David is our commercial lead who works with our partners around the world in the development of air quality solutions.

Paul Sharp

is our Operations Manager, previously MD of his own Engineering Services company in South Africa. He oversees all aspects of manufacturing, related to Industrial, Quality and Process Engineering, Design and Implementation of systems.