Fully Charged Checks London Air Quality With Drayson’s CleanSpace

JUL 26 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

The latest episode of Fully Charged covers the interesting air quality monitoring system CleanSpace developed by Drayson Technologies.

CleanSpace - Map London

CleanSpace – Map London

It relies on the CleanSpace Tag – a portable air pollution sensor (Carbon Monoxide), powered through Freevolt technology (energy harvested from GSM & WiFi). Sadly the power levels are way too small to power EVs that way.

The data from thousands of CleanSpace Tags are then send to smart phones to build a database of air quality in the city or building.

It’s pretty neat to be able check the real-time air quality (Drayson Technologies is currently working to include more sensors in the device) and as it turns out – transportation is major factor of the pollution. The best proof of that is to see the difference between a crowded street and an open spaces.

Systems such as these could enable people to see for themselves the air quality in their surroundings, and also think twice about how important it is to switch to electric drive.

The CleanSpace Tag

The CleanSpace Tag

“Let’s face it, London’s air is toxic. Local councils and the London Mayor are constantly in the news about how they are working to tackle the issue and give us cleaner air to breathe… but if anything is going to work we all need to do our part too! We’re starting a new initiative called MapLondon to do just that.

We’re calling on Londoners – whether you’re part of a cycling group, running squad, community, school or family group – to help us do something that’s never been done before… create a real-time map of air pollution across London.

To do this, we want to set you (and your group, friends or family) up with our CleanSpace Tags so that you can start seeing and understanding the air you breathe, wherever you are. Working together, we will help Map London, creating a sophisticated picture of the city’s air pollution and giving everyone – individuals, schools, businesses and government – the information they need to take real action!

Whether it’s mapping the area around and in your home, work or child’s school; equipping the members of your cycling club with Tags for their regular rides and daily commutes; walking your local areas and green spaces; or working with friends to map air pollution across famous city attractions, there’s a role for all of us to play.

To get involved, fill out the short form below and tell us how you would use your CleanSpace Tag to MapLondon.”

Features of the CS Tag include:

  • Integrated Carbon Monoxide Sensor
  • Integrated Temperature Sensor
  • Bluetooth® Smart (BLE) connectivity
  • Freevolt® enabled Harvester – GSM & WiFi
  • Indoor & Outdoor Capability
  • Battery Life throughout the life of the sensor
  • Automated optimized sample rate based on mode of transport
  • Integrated notifications LED

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10 Comments on "Fully Charged Checks London Air Quality With Drayson’s CleanSpace"

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Kdawg

Would be good data to have when buying a home.

Anthony Fox-Davies

Definitely! They should offer the data to gov.uk or Zoopla or someone

evsr2fun

Very interesting concept. Based on the product description it seems to only detect carbon monoxide. Is that truly a good indicator of pollution? I’m not sure.

TomArt

I wondered that, as well.

AFAIK, there are no natural sources of CO except from fire – and it is well-known that CO is a byproduct of combustion (because all combustion isn’t perfect). Other pollutants, like nitrogen oxides and many varieties of particulates are also generated by combustion. That is to say, the legacy of powering our world with hydrocarbons.

So, the more I think about it, it makes sense. CO levels could very well be a good qualitative indicator of the level of other pollutants in the same location.

Djoni

This is exactly the explanation that the video provide, so yes, CO, is almost always link to other noxious pollutant.
Now, this technology could be use to measure anything we wish to monitor.
I would like to use one that monitor noise.

TomArt

Ah, cool – I should have watched the video.

And, yes, noise would be a good one, as well!

TomArt

I’d like to know more about this energy harvesting of GSM and wifi…

…and I’d also like to be part of a regional/national network here in the US with these things. It would be quite illuminating.

Wonder what it says when you go to a coal roller convention?

Bill Howland

A good first start. The ‘Free Volts’ are kinda cool (although I suspect most of the juice of these sensors are coming from the router and the smartphones themselves).

Next is to have something besides monitoring CO and temperature, to monitor particulates and NOx as well.

Puts the lie to that “Clean Diesel” Nonsense people were totally sold by “Officialdom” as being a far, far cleaner source than petrol-based products, when actually it was far, far dirtier, and London and Paris has the sick children as a result of it.

Having thousands of sensors also keeps people with an axe to grind more honest – since one can’t just locate a sensor near a heat source and complain things are warming, etc. The location of any one sensor pales into less importance since there are plenty of others helping to generate the complete picture as to what is really ongoing.

Interesting idea. If you had sensors every 100 meters on major highways it should be possible to track in real time emissions from vehicles as well as pinpoint a vehicle that is causing extreme emissions and fine them if they are violating any air quality laws…maybe in the future.