Donald Trump may have pulled the USA out of the Paris Climate Agreement but the number of governments planning to remove petrol & diesel cars from our roads by the middle of this century shows that some of us are aware of the serious effects of global warming.
The recent mysterious gas cloud that smothered the beach at Birling Gap in East Sussex demonstrated just how most of us take clean air for granted. Living on the sunny south-coast of England you'd assume the air is clean wouldn't you? Eastbourne, rather ironically, has changed the tag line on its new signage that welcomes visitors to "Breathe it in".
ives product design has started a project alongside a local environmental group, Clean Air Eastbourne. The group is deploying sensors around Eastbourne to help build a pollution map to identify areas of concern. The monitors, which sample air every 2 minutes, report their findings via WiFi to allow the results to be monitored in (near) real time.
A new compact housing has been developed to enclose the low-volt electronics which can be wall or pole mounted to enable it to be quickly installed in the built environment. The monitor housing has also been designed to allow space for a battery, charging circuit and a jack plug for a 2W solar panel. The addition of a solar panel makes it possible for the sensor to maintain itself without a permanent 5V USB feed.
At present the first two sensors are operational and providing data. A further five sensors will be deployed shortly with more to follow across the local area. Eventually, with enough monitors in place it should be possible to view pollution levels across Eastbourne which should help encourage all of us that live in the local area to think more about how we are impacting the air quality of our planet.