Monitoring Indoor Air Quality to Improve Occupational Health

Abstract

Indoor environments are characterized by several pollutant sources. As people typically spend more than 90% of their time in indoor environments. Thus, indoor air quality (iAQ) is recognized as an important factor to be controlled for the occupants’ health and comfort. The majority of the monitoring systems presently available is very expensive and only allow to collect random samples. This work describes the system (iAQ), a low-cost indoor air quality monitoring wireless sensor network system, developed using Arduino, XBee modules and micro sensors, for storage and availability of monitoring data on a web portal in real time. Five micro sensors of environmental parameters (air temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and luminosity) were used. Other sensors can be added for monitoring specific pollutants. The results reveal that the system can provide an effective indoor air quality assessment to prevent exposure risk. In fact, the indoor air quality may be extremely different compared to what is expected for a quality living environment.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-31307-8_2

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@inproceedings{Pitarma2016MonitoringIA, title={Monitoring Indoor Air Quality to Improve Occupational Health}, author={Rui Pitarma and Gonçalo Marques and Filipe Caetano}, booktitle={WorldCIST}, year={2016} }