The author of the research work, “SmartVent: A Context Aware IoT System to Measure Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Rate” succinctly puts the importance of maintaining the indoor air quality.
“Indoor air quality and its real-time information is critical for maintaining human health and productivity. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)2, indoor air even in centrally air-conditioned buildings is several times more polluted than outdoor air, primarily due to change in occupancy pattern, poor, old or ill maintained ventilation systems, dust, and presence of volatile organic compounds. Hence, it is necessary for humans to pervasively and ubiquitously measure air quality information in real time, specially whose health is sensitive to poor indoor air. In this work, we propose a novel context aware Android smart phone based mobile adhoc sensing system that senses various data from indoor environment around the user and analyses it in real time, thereby helping to maintain good health and better work productivity.”
Pollution is a global epidemic spreading through all the three mediums - air, water and oil, causing more deaths than any other disease.
Often, pollution is more seen as an outdoor phenomenon, least do we see it’s effect on indoors. On an average, an individual spends close to 15-20 hours of their time indoors, majorly at home and office. According to the statistical data from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air.
Internet of Things (IoT) devices are all over the place to help in collecting and disseminating the data in real-time and put the information in meaningful representation. Ambient temperature, humidity and CO2 concentrations are some of the typical data points that could be captured for analysis.
A recent study conducted by researchers from Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR- IITR) found the Indoor air pollution is associated with poor lung function, microalbuminuria and variations in blood pressure among kitchen workers in India.
A cross-sectional study of over 400 kitchen workers in Lucknow and Coimbatore showed that almost 50% of them suffered from poor lung functions and microalbuminuria. They also noticed that Coimbatore workers had a higher risk of obstructive lung problems.
Though this study has been done only in kitchens, indoor air pollution is quite more rampant in industries like textile, metal, electronics and many others. Before a suitable precaution could be designed, we need to quantify the impact such population will have on workers health and their offspring.
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