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How the world's leading air purifier company incorporated Foobot’s technology to build its next gen products

"Our customers highly trust the quality of our products and technology but it was difficult for them to see the immediate cleaning effect as well as automatically adjust to changed conditions. Thanks to embedded sensors from Airboxlab, our connected Blueair purifiers are providing a whole new user experience with on demand purification and data visualization. Airboxlab’s technology is helping Blueair create the next generation of smart and real-time clean air appliances."

Johan Skåntorp — CTO, Blueair

Technology beyond the sensors

"Hi-res picture" vs video

For the last ten years, air quality measurement required very expensive sensors that cost thousands of dollars. With the emergence of low cost sensors, things have changed: Instead of measuring once what we call a "hi-res picture" with a very precise lab instrument, we chose to use a "video stream" approach with affordable sensors left in place and continuously monitoring . Sensors really are just the first step, as embedded software and connectivity allow constant monitoring and much more.

Our products are designed in Luxembourg with sensors from Europe, Japan and US and assembled in Shenzhen, China. Our team closely manages each step of the manufacturing process in the factory, including the calibration process.

What does connectivity add to our devices? This is often one of the first questions asked in the IoT world. The answer is continuous improvement through Over The Air updates.

After purchasing a device, you don’t normally expect it to get better over time. Software, though, receives updates. Since our devices have embedded software and are connected to the Internet, our hardware benefits over time the way software does.

Our whole line of connected products constantly evolves thanks to ongoing R&D and remote updates via Wi-Fi.

Our device software, aka embedded software, is a key component between the hardware sensors and the Cloud. The embedded software manages:

  • Recalibration instructions sent via Wi-Fi. Recalibration is fully automatic on our devices and does not require any human intervention.
  • Software update installation
  • Sensor data processing
  • Real-time behavior. Though data is sent to our Cloud in 5-minute intervals, some of our monitors need to provide real-time measurements. The device software manages the real-time features as needed for each type of device.

Storing data in our Cloud includes many benefits:

  • Retrieve the data remotely. Before, retrieving data implied having a technician plug via USB to each device to download the data.
  • It’s secure. If your sensor goes out of service for any reason, there's no problem; data is securely stored and encrypted from the first day it’s turned on
  • Be updated when needed. If a measurement need your attention, you know it instantly via notifications sent under your custom parameters.
  • Do in-depth analysis. To perform an analysis on big datasets, we take advantage of the unlimited CPU power of the Cloud. Consequently, we need very little CPU power in the devices themselves which keeps them cost-effective.
  • Integrate with your existing tools. Since the data is stored on the Cloud, you can retrieve it from anywhere, from any device. Our API is developer-friendly so you can display your data the way you want.

The server infrastructure is deployed in the US, in Europe, China and Japan.

Cloud-to-Cloud apps allow you to create interactions with any other Cloud-connected service or product. Here are a few examples of what a Cloud app can help you achieve:

  • Trigger a purification or filtration device based on pollution levels
  • Boost the ventilation rate according to a given pollutant concentration
  • Trigger a built-in air treatment system through connected thermostats
  • Call an HVAC maintenance professional whenever pollution is too high for a certain amount of time
  • Ask Amazon Echo how the air quality in your bedroom is

At Airboxlab, we build applications to connect our Cloud to other companies’ Clouds, such as Amazon Echo, IFTTT, Lux thermostat or the FreshAireUV purification device. Some of our users (both individuals and companies) also use our API to build their own applications.

Leveraging the Cloud

How being connected to the Internet supercharges our products

Better products over time

All devices being used around the world take full advantage of our latest R&D findings. That's what we call continuous improvement using "over the air" updates.

Retrieve your data via our API

Either use our web dashboard for professionals or combine your air quality data with other data sources in your existing dashboard with our easy-to-use API.

Smart building automation

Take control over your HVAC system and ventilate, dry or humidify the air according to the pollution and humidity levels measured by our sensors.

Big data, big insights

Our product managers know how our sensors are used where and when, and this data helps us build products that meet our users needs.

Foobot + Nest

Providing more value with Cloud-to-Cloud applications

Google Nest, the well-known smart thermostat that's connected to home ventilation systems, has a Cloud of its own.

In mid-2016, we built a Cloud app to connect that cloud with ours.

From their smartphones, our users now have the ability to control Nest (and thus the ventilation) based on Foobot's pollution readings.

A study we conducted on over 100 users who have this automation in place shows that their homes are much less polluted than those of users without such an automation. These users now spend 53% less time in air polluted by PM2.5.

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The future is the data

Say hello to Artificial Intelligence

2 ways we use artificial intelligence to understand pollution

1. What caused this pollution spike?

We use machine learning to classify a pollution event, such as cooking, cleaning, human presence, etc.

So far, our algorithms identify the type of event with 94% accuracy, and this number keeps getting higher.

2. How much outdoor pollution goes in our homes?

By looking at thousands of indoor data points in a dense city, we’re able to analyze how polluted areas outdoors affect indoor air quality in homes, schools, hospitals, etc.

Who uses our technology?

HVAC Manufacturers

We can help you release your first connected product faster and more confidently by using our technology and know-how inside your products. Connectivity allows you to monitor in real-time your products, understand how they are used and prove their effectiveness.

Medical industry

At the hospital, track pollution and show your institution cares about every detail affecting patients’ health. In patients’ homes, monitor the environment patients live in so that doctors get more data to make faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatments.

Insurance industry

Correlate indoor air quality with the occurrence of diseases, and develop cost-effective programs to promote prevention over cure.

Leverage our expertise

Move faster and more effectively into the world of connected devices
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Foobot pioneers innovative air monitoring products, services and technologies that lead to improved air quality indoors.

Airboxlab US
479 Jessie Street
San Francisco, CA
94103 United States
Airboxlab EU
3 ave du Blues
L-4368 Belvaux
Luxembourg

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