Air Quality Monitoring with IoT

Having good air quality is fundamental to our well-being and having a smart solution that enables air quality monitoring such as IoT has become even more important.

Did you know, on average, a person inhales about 14,000 litres of air every day, and the presence of contaminants in this air can adversely affect people’s health. Furthermore, people with pre-existing respiratory and heart conditions, diabetes, the young, and older people are particularly vulnerable.

Air pollution is now the world’s fourth-leading fatal health risk and with the onset of COVID and how it affects the respiratory system, monitoring air quality has become a global necessity with many businesses, municipalities, and governments looking to invest large sums of money in policies and smart solutions to improve air overall quality.

One such smart solution that can help mitigate air pollution and effectively monitor air quality, is IoT. Simply put, air pollution monitoring uses stationary or mobile IoT-enabled sensors to map and monitor the air quality in various locations or areas ultimately enabling businesses or cities to better regulate air pollution and make more informed decisions.

With significant advances in sensors, IoT platforms and mobile communications technologies, there has been a strong emergence of smaller, portable, low cost, mobile-enabled sensors such as Fastcomm’s Hellothing devices and platform, that can measure and report air quality in near real time. Big data capabilities, such as analytics and machine learning, can then be applied to this data and related data sets, such as weather and traffic, to better understand the causes and fluctuations in air pollution.

Key Benefits of IoT-Enabled Air Quality Monitoring

  • Allow you to measure quality over vast expanses, with no additional cost relating to staff or measurement overhead.
  • IoT air quality and pollution sensors are cost-effective alternatives to fixed stations and can form part of any holistic environmental management solution.
  • Identifies anomalies or pollution hotspots that may warrant further investigation.
  • Town planners, population health, education leaders and transport managers can use air quality data to shape and develop policy, and influence decision making.
  • Poor air quality and pollution levels have been linked to several health conditions and life expectancy. Measuring air quality is the first part of the solution.

How Fastcomm’s Hellothing IoT solution can Help

To help cities, and various businesses in monitoring air pollution and air quality, Fastcomm has developed smart, reliable low-cost sensors that can easily be installed for effective air quality monitoring.

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