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Breathing matters: The Science of Air Quality explained by Sensorbee

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Every day, we take about 20,000 breaths, but how often do we think about the quality of the air we breathe? At Sensorbee, we delve deep into the fabric of the air that surrounds us—because air quality is a vital sign of our urban health.

What exactly is "air quality"? It's a measure of the pollutants in the air we breathe, which can have significant impacts on our health and the environment. Common pollutants include particulate matter (PM2.5/PM10), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), and carbon monoxide (CO), each with its own sources and effects.

  • Particulate Matter (PM2.5/PM10) These tiny particles can penetrate deep into our lungs, even entering the bloodstream, causing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) A result of fossil fuel combustion, NO2 can aggravate respiratory diseases, especially asthma, leading to respiratory symptoms.

  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Emitted from burning fossil fuels and industrial processes, SO2 can result in acid rain, harming crops and forests, and affecting aquatic life.

  • Ozone (O3) While high ozone in the upper atmosphere protects us from ultraviolet radiation, at ground level, it's a harmful pollutant that can cause respiratory issues.

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) This colorless, odorless gas is produced from incomplete combustion and can be deadly by preventing oxygen from entering the body's cells and tissues.

Sensorbee's all-in-one solutions, combining advanced sensors, intuitive software, and AI-powered insights, are designed to track these pollutants. We're making it simpler and more cost-effective for cities to monitor, report, and improve air quality.

Our purpose goes beyond business; it's about ensuring a healthier, more sustainable future for all. By sharing this knowledge, we hope to bring everyone into the conversation about air quality—because the air we breathe connects us all.

Let's work together to make each of those 20,000 daily breaths cleaner and safer.

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