Real-time monitoring of indoor air quality has been driving the technology development all along the IAQSense project which run 3 years, from September 2013 to August 2016.
It is demonstrated on demo boards providing access to the features of the different technologies for applications in VOC indoor monitoring, chemical threat detection and health monitoring.
In order to assure further exploitation of the project results, a spin-off company named IAQSense Ltd has been created. Its strong international team is in charge of CMOS and MEMS integration, mass production, test and calibration. IAQSense Ltd will follow the trends towards IoT and pervasive sensing in the development of a complete range of environmental sensors for indoor, outdoor and wearables.
Description of the IAQSense project (ended 31.09.2016):
The indoor air quality (IAQ) influences the health and well-being of people. For the last 20 years, there has been a growing concern regarding pollutants in closed environments and the difficulty in identifying these pollutants and their critical levels, without heavy, expensive equipment.
IAQSense aims to develop new nanotechnology based sensor systems that will precisely monitor the composition of the air in terms of both chemical and bio contaminants. This system will be miniaturized, low cost and adapted to mass production.
A major challenge consists of a gaz sensor system which must be at the same time low cost and highly sensitive and selective. IAQSense relies on three patented technologies, of which one is based on surface ion mobility dynamics separating each gas component. Working like a spectrometer it allows high sensitivity fast multi-gas detection in a way never seen before.
IAQSense Project will characterize, monitor and improve indoor air quality in an innovative way.
The consortium is composed of 4 SMEs, 3 industrial companies and 3 research institutes. The project will last 3 years (01.09.2013 – 31.08.2016) and will deliver a complete sensor system.
The IAQSense research project has received funding from the European Community´s 7th Framework Programme under grant agreement n° 6043125.