AirSENCE - caaqMMS providing highest intra-device data reproducibility
May 11 2021
Electrochemical sensors were invented in the 1950's but remained largely qualitative until the first decade of the 21st century. Significant developments in sensor technology have occurred since 2010 which have allowed for their widespread use in quantitative air measurements.
Despite these significant improvements, many users have reservations about using sensor-based air monitoring systems for routine quantitative applications. One of the major reasons for this is the high intra-device data variability observed with CAAQM systems. Almost all manufacturers have observed that even when their systems are installed at same location, data generated shows more than 50% variation between devices. Such wide variation in data has been a major hurdle in the acceptance of sensor based CAAQM systems.
AUG Signals has addressed this limitation effectively with its AirSENCE caaqMMS, which has demonstrated the high intra-device data reproducibility for multiple co-located devices. The combination of several features enables multiple AirSENCE units to produce highly comparable data, and some of these features are highlighted here.
Active sampling - every AirSENCE device carries out air sampling using built-in fan. Unlike diffusion-based sampling, active sampling ensures that the same volume of air is sampled every time and sampling becomes independent of wind speed and wind direction.
Optimal internal device volume – extensive research and experiments were performed to achieve the optimal internal volume design of AirSENCE. Optimal volume not only allows proper circulation of sampled air so that it represents the ambient air, but also ensures sufficient gas sensor contact time with the sampled air.
Specialised sensor array design and sensor fusion - AirSENCE’s proprietary sensor array design includes integrated sensor array with unique noise reduction and isolation techniques, ensuring real-time data with the highest possible precision. Combining the sensor array design with a unique sensor and data fusion technology which addresses the sensor cross sensitivity as well as temperature and humidity interference, AirSENCE ensures the reliable high data quality and the reproducibility of the devices. This sensor array design also ensures optimal contact of sampled air with sensors which helps achieve reproducible results and longer sensor life.
Automated sensor drift correction – due to the continuous chemical reaction occurring within every electrochemical sensor, the internal electrodes are subject to continuous corrosion. As a result, sensor electrodes experiences changing voltages over their life span, which is observed as increasing drifts in sensor responses with time. AirSENCE has a proprietary automated mechanism which ensures consistent voltage across electrochemical sensors components to ensures reproducible responses by different devices even as sensors ages.
The combination of the features described above enables multiple co-located devices to provide reproducible results. To demonstrate this capability of AirSENCE, an experiment was carried out in which 10 AirSENCE devices were installed at same location for a 7-day period and compared.
Conclusion – AirSENCE demonstrates very high intra device data reproducibility throughout the sensor life span because of the combination of the above-mentioned features, which assures reliability and provides confidence in the data generated by every AirSENCE devices.
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