Aclima’s network of over 500 devices monitors everything from particulate matter to temperature.
If you work in an office, then you are well aware of how the buildings can feel like their own little bubbles isolated from the outside world, with air that is filtered and recirculated. As you take in nearly 20,000 breaths per day inside the walls of the stuffy cubicle, it’s difficult to keep tabs on what it is exactly that you’re inhaling. Whereas some things in the air can be seen, such as smog, smoke or pollen, others are so minute that they can go unnoticed. This is where environmental sensor startup Aclima wants to step in.
“On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where pollution levels can be up to 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Since we spend most of our time in buildings, we should understand what’s going on inside of them,” the company writes.
With this in mind, Aclima’s sensor networks enable a new level of awareness of one’s surrounding environment, which provides real-time information to architects, building managers and occupants to improve workplace health and productivity. In fact, the team announced that it has been working with Google over the last couple of years to help the Silicon Valley giant better understand the settings of its 21 buildings across the globe.
The startup deployed a global indoor network of 500 devices tasked with monitoring everything from temperature to emissions like carbon dioxide and particulate matter that affect Googlers’ lungs on a daily basis. Beyond that, Aclima also unveiled partnerships with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in an effort to find out how the air around us can impact our general well-being and lead to respiratory issues including asthma.
To do this, Aclima uses a network of strategically placed sensors throughout offices tasked with tracking and analyze the air. These sensors then relay information to cloud-based back-end software that can update air quality information instantaneously. What’s more, each device can be customized to do things, ranging from mapping greenhouse gasses across an entire city or measuring how much particulate matter is inside a commercial building.
“We strive to create the healthiest and best possible work environments for Googlers. Our vision is to create buildings that seamlessly support the people who inhabit them. Using Aclima’s sciencedriven sensor networks to map our indoor environmental quality is a big part of making that happen,” explains Anthony Ravitz from Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services.
Admittedly, environmental sensors are nothing new. Whereas others like Smart Citizens’ ATmega32U4 based kit are geared towards the DIY community, Aclima is more suited for larger enterprises and government institutions.
“Understanding the link between planetary health and human health has never been more pressing,” says Davida Herzl, co-founder and CEO of Aclima. “Aclima is working to make this invisible connection visible, on a grand scale and across industries. Having bootstrapped the company with revenue, grounded in strong business fundamentals, we’re excited to start sharing our work with the world.”
Intrigued? Head over to its official page here.