Device measures air quality in real time
The prototype named Airdronitor provides data using a drone. It was designed for industries which generate contaminating gases towards the environment and perform constant monitoring.Manizales, 21 de noviembre de 2016 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
CO2, propane and butane gas, moisture, temperature and smoke are the variables measured by the device and which are mapped according to their concentration.
The idea was conceived by Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNal) in Manizales IT Management students Juan Pablo Loaiza Pérez, Estefanía Giraldo Chica and Estefanía Aguirre Naranjo.
“I think companies which have to comply with government regulations need to reduce air pollution. For instance, contaminating industries impact 40% of the air in Bogotá,” said Giraldo.
Government regulations compel all organizations that develop their productive activities in the country to obey and implement an environmental policy.
In order to adequately operate the Airdronitor works with an Arduino certified Intel® Galileo Gen 2 circuit board.
The prototype was the winner of the Hackathon 2016 (similar to an Innovation Rally) carried out in Manizales by Intel, ViveLab, and ViveMaker. It also won the “students” category carried out in Bogotá and organized by IT magazine Enter.Co and the Colombian Office of Civil Aeronautics.
In the last event, the students participated in the "Drone Experience" held for the first time in Colombia. This event had an ample academic agenda including presentations on these artifacts and agriculture, a drone racing building workshop and showcasing of the latest Mavic drone from DJI. During the event, the attendees had the opportunity of flying the new DJI new pilot drone.
At first, the project was thought for residential areas and homes but then they focused on industries as they are the ones which most impact the environment.
“With this solution, we hope to provide companies data to help them take decisions in real time by mapping the air quality of their surrounding areas. This could avoid fines and penalties and improve their environmental practices,” said Loaiza.
“Our customers are companies whose economic activities have an environmental impact, specifically on the air,” said Aguirre.
Towards the future, the developers hope to set up a webpage and a mobile app so customers can monitor their location in real time.
The creators hope to gain entry into the market using the Test Drive strategy which consists of giving a free demonstration to companies so they can observe the product and also assess the usefulness of drone technology.
Furthermore, they plan to build alliances with purveyors of his type of technology and governmental agencies.(Por: end/