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Jan 22, 2019 0

Learn what makes Kaiterra air quality monitors different from the rest. It all starts with how the sensors are calibrated.

Reliable air quality data starts with high-performing sensors. Without it, we know that buildings aren’t able to monitor and manage air quality effectively.

To ensure that every Sensedge device can correctly track building performance and deliver an efficient and comfortable indoor environment for occupants, we set out to carefully test and verify the accuracy of the most critical part of any air quality monitoring unit—its sensors.

Almost all air quality monitors on the market are tested over just two or three levels of pollutant concentration, and only a handful of these data points are used in the calibration process. The Sensedge, however, uses over 6,000 individual measurements during the calibration and verification process.

From testing chamber design to performance certification, we created a process that verifies that every sensor is properly calibrated before and after assembly.

What Makes Our Sensor Testing Process Different?

We have designed a testing environment that goes well beyond the required industry standards. Here’s what sets Kaiterra’s sensor testing process apart:

1. Custom-made Testing Chamber

An air-tight testing chamber is used to simultaneously test up to 360 Sensedge monitors over a set amount of time and in varying conditions. This custom-made testing chamber is 90 cubic meters.

Monitors are mounted on angled shelving that has been specifically designed to allow high airflow between the devices, preventing different concentrations of pollutants from forming within the test chamber – the uniformity of the air within this chamber is extremely important. To ensure that each device is being tested under consistent conditions, ventilation equipment controls the temperature and amount of pollutant released.

2. Calibration

Certain Sensedge sensors require calibration during the manufacturing process. For these parameters, specific concentrations of pollutants are introduced into the test chamber. This process is carried out remotely, from outside the test chamber, so that no human interference can influence the concentration of pollutants inside. Once the concentration of pollutant has stabilized within the chamber and is uniform throughout, all devices within the chamber will be remotely calibrated to this concentration.

3. Measurement Validation

Every single device that comes off of the Kaiterra production line must be fully tested for every parameter measured over several hours, and all readings must fall within specification. This is a hard rule; we don’t make exceptions.

While most air quality monitors on the market are tested over two or three different levels of concentration and only a handful of data points are used, the Sensedge takes over 6,000 individual measurements during the test process. Each of these measurements are processed onboard and sent to the cloud in real-time. Software in the cloud will process these readings and compare them to measured reference values within the test chamber. The divergence between the monitor’s measured readings and the reference readings are calculated for every single data point and verified against the specifications of the device. Only devices that fulfill the published technical specifications will leave the testing chamber.

Any failed devices will enter a separate process to determine where the failure occurred, and once identified, to resolve it, before returning to the production line to be fully re-tested.

4. Production Testing

Components undergo careful production testing before and after product assembly. Electrical and sensing components are spot-checked as they enter the factory, and the entire device then goes through another comprehensive round of testing once fully assembled.

5. Performance Certification

Each device has a unique serial number that travels with it throughout the entire production process. This ensures that all of its components and testing measurements can be tracked and reviewed if further analysis is needed. A certification report is automatically generated for each device that has passed measurement verification. This includes select readings from the verification process, the serial number of the device, as well as other relevant data captured throughout the testing process.

All calibration and testing results are stored forever, allowing us to track any device that comes off of our production line and review all testing results (including each individual measurement) as needed.

Proper calibration and testing ensure that each Sensedge device provides reliable, accurate readings for users to gain actionable insights needed for optimized control strategies. Using the Sensedge allows you to gain greater building efficiencies, greater savings, and ultimately healthier indoor environments for your clients, tenants, and occupants.

To learn more about the Sensedge and if it’s right for your next building project, be sure to download the Sensedge tech specs.

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