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Thingy AQ

The most advanced Air Quality sensor
Built for Wildfires and extreme conditions

Wildfire Real-time Smoke & Air Quality Monitoring System

Thingy AQ is a real-time Wildfire Smoke + Air Quality monitoring and telemetry system. Originally developed to provide information to first responders and firefighters combating Wildfires, the system has also been optimized to be a lightweight and easily deployable air quality monitoring solution that can be installed permanently or quickly during wildfires or for long term air quality monitoring at a much lower cost.

Thingy AQ was originally designed by engineers and firefighters in response to the EPA and their US Federal partners in the “Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge”

Core Features

Sense

Our ultra-low-power sensor system measures air pollutants including fine particulate matter PM 1.0/2.5/4.0/10, Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Ozone, NO2, NOx, SO2, H2S, and TVOC. They also measure air temperature and relative humidity. The sensors are pre-calibrated at the factory or can be re-calibrated in the field.

Transmit

Each system logs all measurements to a removable memory card before transmitting readings over an optional telemetry radio as fast as every minute. Originally designed around the ultra-low-power and long-range LoRaWAN technology, we have now expanded connectivity options to include LTE-Cat-M and LEO Satellite (coming 2022).

Correlate

By providing the raw sensor readings across multiple pollutants in a single sample period, close collaboration with regulatory + scientific organizations, and rigorous testing in ambient to dense wildfire smoke conditions, we provide the greatest flexibility to correlate pollutants for rapid detection of smoke and air quality concerns.

Particulate and Gas Sensors

Sensors were selected and vigorously tested based on the trade-offs between accuracy, detection range, resolution, power consumption, life expectancy, ease of field calibration, and price. By combining an industry-leading Laser Optical Particulate Sensor with several Electrochemical, Metal Oxide, and CMOS gas sensors in a proprietary aspirated sample flow chamber, Thingy AQ is able to accurately measure a single air sample in near real-time with high accuracy. This self-contained flow chamber design also allows a simple field Zero/Span check of all pollutant sensors at the same time reducing maintenance time in the field.

In close collaboration with several universities, air quality organizations, the US EPA, US Forest Service, and many funded field studies, Thingy AQ has seen thousands of hours in the lowest of concentrations to the most extreme wildfire smoke conditions in North America.

In several ongoing studies alongside EPA FEM/FRM regulatory monitors, Thingy AQ has seen R2 correlations as accurate as 0.98 for PM 2.5 in concentrations from 10 μg/m3 to 1500 μg/m3.

Real-time Data, Logging, and Wireless Telemetry

Thingy AQ sensors are capable of recording continuously for several years without intervention at intervals of 1 minute to once a day.

Every reading is stored on a removable microSD card and in a compressed format used to transmit optimally over several telemetry radio options like LoRaWAN, LTE, and Satellite to any cloud application. They require minimal infrastructure and operator effort to set-up, operate, and decommission.

From portable cases and tripods to simple solar power or battery only configurations, using less than 1 Watt of power Thingy AQ is optimized for the most remote of air quality monitor deployments.

Radio Options:
LoRa and LoRaWAN (US915, EU868, AU915)
NB-IoT / LTE-M / 4G LTE
SWARM Space (now Space-X) (2022)
Lacuna Space (2022)
Amazon Sidewalk (2022)

Our Benefits

Utilize the latest in low-cost
precalibrated sensors that require no field calibration.

Latest in LP-WAN, LoRaWAN, Narrowband LTE and LEO satellite connectivity for the most difficult locations.

Use our vast experiences in sensor networks, radio technologies, practical experiences in firefighting, and rapid innovation cycles.

  • Lightweight and easily deployable air pollution monitoring solution that can be deployed permanently or during a fire or air quality event.
  • Supports multiple Sensor Nodes and optional Central Nodes or receiving units
  • Flexible radio options with the latest in LP-WAN, LTE, and satellite technologies
  • Built “Firefighter Proof” for simple operation during high-risk events

Interested in Thingy AQ?

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Sensors were selected and vigorously tested based on the trade-offs between accuracy, detection range, resolution, power consumption, life expectancy, ease of field calibration, and price. By combining an industry-leading Laser Optical Particulate Sensor with several Electrochemical, Metal Oxide, and CMOS gas sensors in a proprietary aspirated sample flow chamber, Thingy AQ is able to accurately measure a single air sample in near real-time with high accuracy. This self-contained flow chamber design also allows a simple field Zero/Span check of all pollutant sensors at the same time reducing maintenance time in the field.