Plair deploys the first network of connected particle detectors in Switzerland

04.08.2016 09:02

Plair is installing in the cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Ticino a network of its recently revealed Rapid-E connected real-time airborne particle identifier to track pollen and air pollution with the same device, a first in Switzerland.

Supported by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and in collaboration with the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss and with the Department of Environment, Transport and Agriculture of Geneva (DETA), Plair is installing a network of connected Rapid-E detectors to track pollen and air pollution with the same device.

Apart from pollen species, the focus is on simultaneously and automatically measuring the most common particulate matter known to aggravate allergic and asthmatic symptoms: fine particles (PM2.5, PM10) and particles containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from road traffic and industrial emissions. The company will be deploying its stations in the cantons of Geneva, Vaud, and Ticino to continuously gather precise environmental data.

Revealed this summer, Rapid-E reliably detects and counts numerous airborne particles simultaneously and rapidly – pollen, fungal spores, air pollution, and even bacteria. It offers revolutionary performance, high sensitivity, and a broad range of detection, opening many applications in environmental monitoring that require precise and instantaneous identification.

Plair’s instruments generate real-time information that helps partners disseminate more comprehensive data on air quality levels in Switzerland’s regions for allergy alerts. In the long term, solutions developed in this project will help cities more quickly determine and manage the sources of pollution, improving risk management related to respiratory diseases, hay fever, and asthma.

The Geneva based startup will be showcasing its new instrument this September in Madrid at Meteorological Technology World Expo 2016, the biggest global exhibition of its kind in Europe. This event attracts every year over 165 exhibiting companies and more than 2,500 attendees from over 70 countries.


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