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Pressac launch new smart indoor air quality sensor

Leading UK smart sensor manufacturer Pressac is to add a new indoor air quality (IAQ) sensor to its wide range of products.

The new device will help organisations ensure their buildings meet required standards and keep staff and visitors safe and healthy.

It will also play a key role in helping to improve the comfort of offices and making them places people enjoy working in, something which is key as staff start to make the shift from home-working following the pandemic.

The sensor, which is built around the company’s new multi-sensor technology, will measure levels of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and carbon dioxide, as well as temperature and humidity.

Particulate matter consists of microscopic liquid droplets that are so small they can be inhaled, potentially causing health problems – for example, dust, pollen, mould and metals. Pressac’s sensor monitors the very smallest particles (PM 2.5).

Volatile organic compounds can be found in things like paints, solvents, aerosols, disinfectants and adhesives. Exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and coughing.

High levels of carbon dioxide can also have a variety of health impacts, including dizziness, restlessness, increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure.

The temperature and humidity elements of the sensor will also help to ensure environments remain safe and comfortable.

Jamie Burbidge, Product Manager at Pressac, said: “We’re really excited about the opportunities that this new sensor will bring.”
“Bringing together all of these different air quality measures in one sensor means that employers can easily see how their buildings and workspaces are performing, and react quickly to make any changes necessary.”
“Not only will it help to keep staff safe and healthy but it will also make workplaces a more comfortable and enjoyable place to be.”

Real-time data from the sensors can be sent to a local network or the cloud — via Ethernet, LTE (4G) or WiFi — using Pressac’s smart gateway, which includes ready-made connections to MQTT, IBM Watson IoT, AWS loT Core, Microsoft IoT Hub, Google Sheets and Node-RED.

Later this year, the company are hoping to launch three separate sensors for organisations which may not need the full range of parameters in one device. These will combine either PM monitoring, CO2 monitoring or VOC monitoring with temperature and humidity monitoring.

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