Using Smart Technology To Measure Indoor Air Quality

Scenario

As life begins to normalise and the promising roadmap our government has set out is delivered on, the leisure and fitness sector will be key in building people’s mental and physical wellbeing back to a healthy level. For some, just having access to these environments will be the most important factor, but for many the access is just as important as the environment itself.

From speaking to business leaders in the sector, it’s become clear from client feedback that the expectation is for the environments atmospheric conditions to be safeguarded. The framework was set out last year for various measures, such as ensuring distancing and regular deep cleaning to be continually conducted in order to sustain the safest possible environment. However, one key area which is crucial to capture and gives both staff and clients considerably more confidence in the environment is ‘Indoor Air Quality’. Advice from scientists is that ventilating indoor atmospheric conditions can help mitigate risk of the spread of bacteria’s.

This blog focuses on how Smart IoT technology can help facilities optimise both employee and client safety levels and why measuring indoor air quality should be an essential part of ‘bounce back’ planning for both the short to longer term.

The Challenge Of Measuring Indoor Air Quality

Ventilation and ‘air volume’ turnaround are key factors to minimising risk levels for employees. It’s a simple equation: the more fresh air being circulated through a facility, the lower the level of risk.

One key measurement is the Co2 level. The amount of Co2 level present indicates the efficacy of air turnover. The higher the Co2, the poorer the air turnover and, therefore, the higher the risk of airborne bacteria’s. There are well documented levels of temperature and relative humidity above which viruses are more likely to flourish. Therefore, it is important to assess how well your facility performs, in terms of temperature levels and relative humidity, so you can strive to operate at conditions which minimise virus spread.

For example, if you have a heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) system and filtration is being used then monitoring the performance of those filters is essential. Should they become blocked, they become less efficient and will alter the levels of air throughput.

You may have some form of a system in place already, but does it capture Co2, RH or temperature levels? If the right measurements are being captured how confident are you that the data offered is in a real-time, useable format? Is the data that is gathered valid allowing for a proactive action to be taken?

Smart IoT technology is the way forward for air turnover monitoring, optimum facility air ventilation and ultimately peace of mind for employers, employees and clients.

Enter The Matrix+

Our Matrix+ allows for a rapid deployment of key measurements which allow you to fully understand IAQ levels within your facility. The equipment can be installed by entry level technicians, making it a viable and cost effective solution to deploy at scale. All the data that’s gathered, including Co2 monitoring, air turnover monitoring, and filtration monitoring – is presented back to a centralised IoT platform, our CDLSmartHub.

Giving you a helicopter view of how the various facilities are performing and enabling corrective actions to be taken. Any measurements captured can be alerted on and acted on in near real time. For example, if a ventilation fan stops working or Co2 levels exceed acceptable levels, an alert can be generated which goes out to multiple recipients.

The solution does not require any connectivity via existing networks, optimising set up time and giving you peace of mind knowing that it is monitoring air makeup 24/7!

At Caption Data Ltd, we are proud to be among the world’s leading IoT/remote monitoring specialists focusing on air treatment, indoor air quality and OEM IoT solutions. We have end to end solutions delivering data from more than 11 countries for a number of blue chip, multinational organisations.

Talk to us about making your buildings smarter for you, the employees and your clients by Contacting Us Here.