As reopenings continue in the US. In the US, health and safety will continue to be a priority for building operators, homeowners, and others who are responsible for ensuring that visitors to their spaces are safe while they do so. A key component of this safety is indoor air quality monitoring.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, and indoor concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to factors including energy-efficient building construction and increased use of synthetic materials.

By leveraging IoT, organizations can get real-time, immediate information about the indoor air quality of their building at any time. IoT-enabled air quality monitors collect data that can be critical to understanding when a space has become unsafe, but users can only get the full value of these devices if IoT sensors are connected to a reliable network.


How high is the risk?

Today, people are at risk of facing many types of indoor pollutants, including chemicals and germs. Indoor concentrations of some pollutants may be up to five times higher than those normally observed outdoors, and people who are often at greater risk of adverse pollution effects (very young children, older adults, and people with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases) tend to spend more time indoors than the average American.

While CO2 levels have long been a concern, COVID-19 stressed the importance of adequate ventilation and clean air inside, especially at times when employees and the general public have been welcomed, who return to their spaces.

Because of this, organizations of all kinds must know when the air in their facilities has become unsafe so that they can quickly address any concerns and provide reassurance to the occupants. That’s how IoT can help.


Reliable networks can be of great help

The IoT brings the 0G network into play. 0G networks are optimized for regular transmissions of small amounts of data over long ranges. Because of this, they can continuously transfer data and then report changes in the factors that contribute to air quality.

These networks also operate at a significantly lower cost than other network options. They need less energy, resulting in lower costs. This cost-effectiveness is accompanied by operational efficiencies: because it is a radio frequency network, the 0G network is not vulnerable to the same interruptions as cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Also, when severe weather or forest fires threaten the safety of a building, the 0G network ensures connectivity to provide uninterrupted access to air quality data.

With IoT-enabled devices connected to a 0G network, business owners and other persons responsible for building security have access to the data they need to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of occupants, which will allow the spaces to be reopened and kept open in a safe manner.