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Bosch and Intel combine for cleaner air

System enables real-time analysis of ambient air pollution that communities can leverage for a variety of applications

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The Intel-based Bosch air quality monitoring system, built to withstand rugged conditions
The Intel-based Bosch air quality monitoring system, built to withstand rugged conditions

Chipmaker Intel and technology and services company Bosch have joined forces to develop an air pollution monitoring solution which provides intelligent data to manage air quality.


The Intel-based Bosch Air Quality Micro Climate Monitoring System (MCMS) uses sensors and software to measure air quality parameters rapidly. It is designed to equip city officials around the world with air quality data to quickly take action to improve the quality of life.


According to a 2016 World Health Organisation study on Global Ambient Air Pollution, 98 per cent of densely populated cities in economically underdeveloped countries are exposed to the highest levels of urban ambient air pollution. As a city’s air quality declines, the risk of pulmonary and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, increases.


MCMS offers comprehensive microclimatic data measurements for EPA “criteria pollutants” for air quality, such as particulate matter, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and ozone. Additionally, MCMS also provides environmental parameter measurements of temperature, relative humidity, light (including ultraviolet), sound and pressure.


While traditional ambient monitoring systems require large infrastructure, huge investments and complex operations, the Intel-based Bosch MCMS provides a cost-effective monitoring system to efficiently measure and manage optimal air quality.


MCMS can provide intelligent data and enable real-time analysis of ambient air pollution that communities can leverage for a variety of applications, ranging from adjusting traffic flow in congested areas to providing fitness recommendations based on air quality to other actions. In industrial and factory environments, it will help track emissions and provide safety checks for workers to meet compliance requirements.


On construction sites, managers will be able to provide early warning signals and improve efficiency while improving work conditions. In the residential environment, MCMS can also be used to provide key information for prospective buyers of real estate and for sellers and builders to provide evidence of ambient air quality.


The compactly built device is designed to withstand rugged weather conditions, and features remote monitoring enabled by both wired and wireless interfaces (wi-fi and 3G). It also includes the ability to provide over-the-air calibration to keep the sensors adjusted to generate high-quality environmental data.


MCMS is powered by the Intel IoT Platform, Wind River Helix Device Cloud for edge device lifecycle management and a hardened end-to-end security solution. The solution features cloud-based analytics, data management and visualisation software.


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