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Adding an NO2 sensor to the AirBeam

Some months ago, I took part in the Mobicitair experiment led by ATMO Auvergne Rhône Alpes, an agency that monitors air quality in southeastern France. Mobitcitair uses the AirBeam and the AirCasting platform to enable citizen scientists to take air quality measurements and crowdsource the results. I live and work in Grenoble, France, a city [...]

Can an App Make Our Cities More Breathable?

Leveraging AirBeam Data to Inform Policy Decisions

New York City recently committed to implementing a “zoned” collection system for the commercial waste sector. By dividing the city into zones and having commercial carting companies bid to service each zone, the city’s study found that the number of miles traveled by private collection vehicles will be cut by an astounding 49 to 68 [...]

Livestream Your AirBeam

You can now livestream your AirBeam! To begin, visit the Google Play Store and make sure you are running the most up to date version of the AirCasting app. Then launch the AirCasting app, navigate to the settings screen, check “Streaming”, navigate back to the “AirCasting” screen and press “Start Recording”. It’s as simple as [...]

1,000 AirBeams Worldwide

With over 1,000 AirBeams in use worldwide and more than 100 million data points, the AirCasting platform is now one of the largest open-source databases of community-collected air quality measurements ever created. Community based organizations, educators, academics, regulators, and citizen scientists around the world use the AirBeam to measure, map, stream, and crowdsource PM2.5 measurements. [...]

Reprogram Your AirBeam

The AirBeam – HabitatMap’s low-cost, open-source air quality instrument for measuring PM2.5 – can be reprogrammed to meet the specific needs of your monitoring initiative. Don’t worry; it doesn’t require a PhD in computer engineering. Anyone can do it!  Just follow the step-by-step guide posted below. There are several reasons why you may opt to [...]

Watch Our Kickstarter Video & Get An AirBeam

After more than 3 years of research and development and 6 prototypes, we finally cracked the code on bringing a low-cost, portable, accurate, open-source air quality monitor to market. We call it the AirBeam and it’s available starting today on Kickstarter. Watch our video here and get your AirBeam while supplies last! The AirBeam is [...]

AirBeam Technical Specifications, Operation & Performance

Hardware Specifications Weight: 7 ounces Particle Sensor: Shinyei PPD60PV Temperature & Relative Humidity Sensor: MaxDetect RH03 Bluetooth: Nova MDCS42, Version 2.1+EDR Microcontroller: Atmel ATmega32U4 Bootloader: Arduino Leonardo About the AirBeam HabitatMap worked with a community of scientists, educators, engineers, and other non-profits to create the AirBeam. The AirBeam measures fine particulate matter (PM2.5), temperature, and [...]

AirCasting Youth

AirCasting Youth is an educational program for high school students that teaches how to build AirCasting air quality instruments, develop air quality monitoring plans, utilize the AirCasting platform to record, map, interpret, and share air quality data, and lead change through civic action. Thanks to support from the Knight Prototype Fund, we’ve been working with [...]

The AirCasting App Gets a Makeover

We launched the AirCasting app in December 2011. Over the past two years we’ve rolled out a slew of new features but never had a chance to rethink the user interface.  That is until about three months ago when we found the time, and most importantly, the funding.* Since then we’ve been busy translating the [...]