Introducing AirWatch, The Outdoor Air Quality Monitoring Solution For Schools

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Today, we are proud to announce the launch of AirWatch, our new complete solution for schools to measure air quality on their premises and live broadcast the results to students, parents and staff in real-time. With AirWatch, schools can not only get accurate air pollution readings at their school every minute, but also share these results in real-time through a user-friendly web interface.

So how exactly do we deliver this groundbreaking package?

AirWatch is composed of two parts.

  1. A Dylos Air Quality monitor hooked up to a Raspberry Pi for live streaming via Wi-Fi.

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The Dylos DC1100 Pro is a highly accurate air quality monitor (source) that reads every minute, but there is just one issue- there is no good way to share those results! So, we hooked it up to a Rasberry Pi (microcomputer) with a Wi-Fi adapter so that the results can be shared widely in real-time.

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2. The AirWatch Site

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The AirWatch interface at joinvivergy.com/schools allows students, parents and teachers to easily browse the monitor’s readings and check out historical data. It also allows parents to share any actions they are taking to clean the school’s air.

Any school that has power and Wi-Fi (in other words, almost every school) is eligible. And by the way- we also translate the live readings into secondhand smoke equivalents, as always, so everybody can understand the readings.

Got questions or want to see this in your school? Email us at info (at) joinvivergy (dot) com!

–The Vivergy Team

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Build Your Own (Accurate) Air Quality Monitor That Live Streams To The Web

Just came across an excellent guide from World AQI on how to build your own air quality monitor that streams data live from your location to the web.  Oh yeah, did I mention that it is super easy, accurate and only costs around $350?

All you need is:

-A Dylos air quality monitor with PC interface

-A Raspberry Pi

-Serial to USB cable

This setup will allow you to broadcast air quality from your location live to the internet, and even add it to the World AQI map in real time. The instructions and documentation are available on the World AQI blog. The Dylos has been independently reviewed by both the EPA and WAQI, and although it does not perform at a government-approved level, it gives excellent data accuracy for a device that costs less that $300. The only downside is that the Dylos is not weatherproof, but perhaps we will develop that next! An example of the findings on accuracy is below:

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If you want to check out mobile air quality monitoring options, check out our guide to the Airbeam!

–The Vivergy Team