Monitoring Air Polluants with AirQ
- Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
- Networks & Connectivity - NB-IoT
- Sensors - Air Pollution Sensors
- Cities & Municipalities
- Business Operation
- Outdoor Environmental Monitoring
Air Quality and the monitoring of pollutants that can cause health issues is becoming more important to our daily lives with governments and regulators keen to both monitor and manage the impacts of poor air quality caused by a range of pollutants.
To date, the AirQ sensor used 3G or WiFi connectivity to upload data from the deployed sensors. However, SmartSense has now developed an NB-IoT energy-efficient alternative and aim to evolve further with a version that can be fully off-grid to allow installation in any location.
The aim of this new initiative was to develop a new NB-IoT powered air quality sensor, that performs as well as the existing sensors and optimized for NB-IoT, meaning that it can be battery or solar powered in future. This will allow the sensor to be installed in many more locations, whilst keeping installation and operating costs low.
The first step that was taken with the AirQ sensor was to optimize the solution to meet NB-IoT bandwidth requirements and to re-design the device's firmware and hardware to support NB-IoT. The aim of the deployment is to test the performance of NB-IoT for a collection of all the data currently collected by the AirQ sensor and to measure the power requirements for developing a battery powered sensor in the future.
The first NB-IoT pilot is now up and running in Xanthi, Greece with real data being collected as shown in the screenshots below.