How much of a threat is indoor air quality?
Innovation in Air Quality Monitoring Award
South Coast Science will be exhibiting at Advanced Engineering UK on 3rd & 4th Novemer, as one of only 8 start-ups selected to take a stand in the Enabling Innovation zone.
The company is set apart from other air quality monitor manufacturers, by its commitment to proving the quality of the data gathered using its devices. This is demonstrated by the fact that it is one of only a handful of manufacturers who have sought MCERTS certification for their PM data and independent third party validation for the gas data.
Challenges for local authority and commercial monitoring
One difficulty for purchasers is choosing from the many providers of low-cost air quality monitors. With no universal standard for air quality monitoring, how is it possible to judge whether or not your investment will generate high quality, accurate data suitable for demonstrating compliance, decision making and policy setting?
Purchasers remain sceptical about air quality data from low-cost devices. Given the lack of independent verification of products in this sector, this is not an unreasonable response.
We at South Coast Science have long known that, as in any scientific endeavour, what matters is independent verification of our results. Our application to MCERTS was the culmination of nearly 3 years of data interpretation at reference sites around the UK, refining and testing our data validation methods.
For more detail on the process for data validation at South Coast Science please watch this video, where CEO Bruno Beloff describes the process used to achieve near-equivalence for our Praxis/Urban monitor in comparison to the best reference equipment.
Praxis/Urban & Praxis/OPCube are designed both for accuracy and utility
Praxis monitors use Alphasense sensor technology and maintain a high sampling rate (10 sec) to provide real-time air quality data. Yet costs remain low enough for the products to be installed in a network across an industrial site, along a high-traffic corridor or across a city. They are specifically designed to obtain accurate data over an extended period of time with the following product features:
- Concentration monitoring for particulates (PM1, PM2.5 and PM10) and up to 5 gasses with low parts per billion (ppb) resolution.
- Devices are tested in the field and operate successfully in hostile environments. Updates to firmware, data correction and diagnostics are performed remotely.
- Real-time data reporting combined with our open-source data platform allows for seamless download of air quality data into your existing infrastructure.
- MCERTS certification is in progress. The MCERTS testing was completed during the summer and full certification is anticipated by year end.