Today we are excited to announce a proof of concept with the Amazon Sidewalk team.
When we build the first Thingy AQ sensor in 2017 for the EPA’s “Wildfire Sensors Challenge” one of the key aims was solving for connectivity in remote locations while keeping the sensor lightweight and battery powered. It was built for firefighters on the front-line battling wildfires, public health agencies in need of local air quality measurements, and local authorities needing real-time data for when to issue evacuation orders. But connectivity like WIFI or Cellular Internet access is not always guaranteed in these remote locations, so we started with LoRa as a means to connect sensors to a central command post over very long distance. Since day one we have used LoRa and LoRaWAN as a primary connectivity method and have been building LoRaWAN networks everywhere a Thingy AQ monitor is deployed.
Connecting our sensors to the Amazon Sidewalk network allows us to quickly and securely receive air quality readings from our sensors right into AWS IOT and our applications just like with our LoRaWAN network deployments. We’re excited to soon begin testing the benefits of Sidewalk with Amazon Sidewalk Bridge Pro, a new professional-grade bridge device which can deliver LoRaWAN connectivity more than five miles away, depending on conditions. Also, as we begin new research studies into the indoor air quality inside our homes versus outdoor during wildfire smoke events, having Amazon Sidewalk ready networks in neighborhoods allows us to provide hyper-local air quality readings and potential wildfire warnings to consumers, businesses, and local authorities.
As we wrapped the record-breaking 2021 wildfire season across the Western United States, the need for more lower cost wildfire smoke and air quality sensors in more locations for first responders, businesses, and even farmers concerned about crop security and worker safety is becoming more apparent. We are excited to work with Amazon on this project and look forward to sharing more soon.
For more information on the announcement, please see the Amazon Blog post here
Click here to find out more about our Thingy AQ – Wildfire Smoke and Air Quality Monitor.