Pure Air Control Services (Clearwater, FL) has announced the release of its IAQ Guard 2.0, a managed indoor air quality monitoring platform that employs hardware monitors placed throughout a building; the monitors take real-time readings and send them to a cloud-based dashboard for reporting.
In 2019 the first version of IAQ Guard won a VISION Award from FacilitiesNet. As explained by Dr. Rajiv Sahay, chief scientific officer at Pure Air Control Services, "This next-generation version of the platform is easier to set up and utilize, and offers more connection and control options for other WiFi-enabled air quality devices. It is designed to be plug-and-play or hard-wired."
How the IAQ Guard 2.0 system works
As detailed by the manufacturer, for system operation, air quality monitors that contain a cluster of sensors are strategically placed within a building. These can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet or hard-wired into a wall. These monitors are then configured by a phone-based app to assign each their own account, building and location in the IAQ Guard 2.0 dashboard.
The monitors route through a WiFi gateway connected to the local network, or via a dedicated cellular router. Sensor air quality thresholds for Temperature, Relative Humidity (RH), Dew Point (DP), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Particle Matter (PM) 10, 2.5, 1, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) and Formaldehyde (HCHO) are set to default or customized based on building usage.
Alerts are then configured based on these settings. Once data-gathering starts, reports can be generated and customized extensively.
Finally, other WiFi-enabled devices, such as specialized air purifiers, can be added to the system and configured to shut on and off based on system settings, alerts, etc.
What's new in IAQ Guard 2.0
Pure Air Control Services emphasized that "the biggest technological breakthrough for IAQ Guard 2.0 is its ability to create artificial intelligence (AI) swarms of other WiFi-enabled products," such as air purifiers.
The system control center is programmed so that IAQ Guard 2.0 can shut these connected devices on and off to remediate potential problems that the air quality monitors are reporting.
For example, if PM 2.5 exceeds the acceptable threshold, IAQ Guard 2.0 will turn on the air purifier in the same location to filter the excessive particulates.
Another new feature includes the ability to import third-party standards, such as WELL, and compare the building's IAQ data to them.
Finally, IAQ Guard 2.0 features multiple app and browser-based options to send a visually appealing aggregate dashboard of building conditions to lobby TV or kiosk.
The manufacturer's statement added, "Unlike other remote monitoring platforms, IAQ Guard 2.0 puts Pure Air Control's Building Sciences and Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory staff on the client's facility team. This turnkey, managed service helps the end user correctly configure the platform, set alerts, interpret reports, and make recommendations for further investigation or corrective action."