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Monitor Air Quality Anywhere with Airnote

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 05/19/2021
Monitor Air Quality Anywhere with Airnote

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There's nothing like a sunny, spring day. Warmth with a light breeze, the sound of birds chirping, and the feeling that another dreary winter has passed you by.

But as spring arrives each year, I often find myself worrying about what I can't see in the air around me. And not just those pesky allergens, but the microscopic pollutants that end up in the air from all manner of human enterprise.

It may be a clear day, but what's lurking in the air that we can't see?

The Airnote can tell you. It's an air quality monitoring device built by Blues Wireless, in partnership with Safecast, an international, volunteer-driven organization devoted to open environmental citizen-science. It's a cellular-connected, solar-powered device that anyone can set-up in minutes.

I've been using the Airnote at my house for the past few months. In this post, I'll show what's inside, and how it provides a better picture of air quality to the global community.

If you want to view a 4-minute overview of the project, check out the video below.

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Notecard
blues wireless Notecard
 
× 1

Blues Wireless

Notecarrier-AL
blues wireless Notecarrier-AL
 
× 1

Blues Wireless

Airnote
blues wireless Airnote
 
× 1

Blues Wireless

Software apps and online services

Notehub.io
blues wireless Notehub.io
 
 

Notehub.io

Introducing the Airnote

The Airnote is a cellular-based air quality monitoring device. Because it's a cellular device, and includes a 10-year, 500MB data plan with the built-in Notecard, there's nothing you need to do to get it online other than to top-up the battery, and turn it on. Once on, the Airnote collects data from its built-in sensors and sends that data to the Notehub.io cloud service.

The history of the Airnote and Blues Wireless' partnership with Safecast is an interesting one, but I won't restate it here. Instead, I encourage you to check out this post I wrote on the Blues Wireless blog about how the Airnote came to be, and this post from Blues CEO Ray Ozzie, that dives deeper into how the Safecast team came together in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.