Collaboration of Sensirion and Clarity on innovative PM2.5 sensor solution

Sensirion and Clarity are teaming up to provide an affordable, portable, and trusthworthy fine particulate matter (PM2.5) sensors.

Sensirion, founded in 1998, is a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) Zurich. Nowadays, Sensirion is a predominant manufacturer of high-quality sensors and sensor solutions for the measurement and control of humidity, and of gas and liquid flows. Meanwhile, Clarity developed the world’s most accurate low-cost small particulate matter (PM) sensor. This sensor is the result of Clarity’s mission to solve global air pollution problem through developing sensors that can provide superior data.

Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is a mixture of solids and liquid droplets floating in the air. The diameter of PM2.5 is less than or equal to 2.5 microns that lets it travel deep into the lungs which can have short term and long term effects on health depending on the exposure. The short-term effects can include eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breathe. Long-term exposure to PM2.5 can worsen health diseases like heart disease, and lung cancer and trigger asthma attacks. PM2.5 can also reduce visibility, stain buildings and statues, increase the acidity and change the flow of nutrients in water bodies, deplete the soil, and damage forests and crops. PM2.5 can be produced outdoors from vehicles and power plants. It can also form from indoor sources such as tobacco smoke, fireplaces and cooking. So it is highly recommended to avoid activities that form these particles.

Clarity’s lightweight sensor can efficiently collect data on PM2.5 and PM10. This sensor provides the same accuracy levels as in inductrial particulate matter monitors but is much cheaper and smaller. This development in particulate matter sensors reveals a vast range of opportunities to improve several industries, technology, processes, and goods that were hindered before due to bulk and high cost of current technology in the market.

The collaboration will be the perfect addition to Sensirion’s environmental sensing platform. Sensirion and Clarity are convinced that this partnership will let them provide high-quality products and services to the public.

“This sensor technology outperforms other PM2.5 sensor technologies that target high-volume production in all areas. With Sensirion’s unique expertise in environmental sensing solutions, we are convinced that we can offer significant benefit and added value to our customers,” says Livio Lattanzio, Product Manager at Sensirion.

“We are very happy that we found in Sensirion the perfect partner to commercialize our PM2.5 sensing technology. With Sensirion industrializing the technology, we can focus on providing air quality management solutions based on the concept of sensor fusion, IoT and big data analytics,” says David Lu, CEO of Clarity.

To learn more about the environmental sensing and have an exclusive preview of Sensirion’s new PM2.5 at this year’s edition of electronice 2016 in Munich (November 8-11), visit the Sensirion at booth 206, Hall B1.

 

Original source: Sensirion.




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