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In-Home Air Quality Monitor

Image of in-home air quality monitorThe In-Home Air Quality (IHAQ) monitor is a project undertaken for the National Institutes of Health as part of the agency’s ongoing National Children’s Study.  The goal of the IHAQ system is to explore and develop new technologies for monitoring indoor ambient air quality, with eventual deployment as part of a larger children’s health study.

The IHAQ monitor integrates sensors monitoring several key factors of indoor air quality, including a new particulate matter sensor developed in the Hartman Systems Integration Laboratory.  Besides particulate matter, the sensor system also monitors carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, audio noise level, humidity, air pressure, and temperature.  The IHAQ monitors have the ability to form mesh networks of several systems, reporting data back to a database server for consolidation and post-processing.

This work has been supported in part by the National Institutes of Health, National Children’s Study, Mt. Sinai contract.

Image of particle counter airflow and laser optical path

Particle counter airflow and laser optical path.

 Relevant Publication

James A. Hall Jr., Sin Ming Loo, Dale Stephenson, Ross Butler, Michael Pook, Josh Kiepert, Jordan Anderson, Nicholas Terrell, “A Portable Wireless Particulate Sensor System for Continuous Real-Time Environmental Monitoring,” AIAA-2012-3441 42nd International Conference on Environmental Systems, San Diego, California, July 15-19, 2012.

Find out more about Dr. Loo’s research.