Environmental monitoring technology start-up AirBase Systems has launched CanarIT – a ‘low-cost, easy-to-use’ air quality sensor device capable of monitoring odour.
CanarIT provides real-time measurements of odour in ambient air and can detect environmental hazards. The odour module is regulated against the European Odour Unit (OUE) concentration scale, which is based on the response to 40 ppb of n-butanol as defined in EN 13725.
It combines nanotechnology sensors with Internet connectivity, via Wi-Fi or GSM, to deliver air quality data to its AirBase data cloud. The data is then made available on the Internet or as a subscription alert service to mobile phones, designed for municipalities, community groups, citizen scientists and individuals worldwide.
“When citizens complained about bad smell in their neighbourhoods, the authorities had to send over specially trained personnel (sniffers) and they would verify the complaint,” said Liad Ortar, co-founder and VP Marketing of AirBase Systems. “With the incorporation of the new nano-tech odour sensor in our CanarIT unit, people and authorities can receive real-time information through the Web and be alerted just as things happen.”
Other AirBase Systems devices measure Ozone (O3), NO2, Total VOC (Volatile Organic Compound), Particulate Matter (Total Suspended Particles), humidity, temperature and noise.