Remote Air Quality Reporting (RAQR) DeviceEPA Contract Number: 68HERD19C0022
Title: Remote Air Quality Reporting (RAQR) Device
Investigators: Norell, Jeffrey
Small Business: Intellisense Systems, Inc.
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Project Period: May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019
Project Amount: $99,999
RFA: Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) PHASE I (2018) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Air Monitoring and Remote Sensing , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): Phase 1 (2019) , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking a ground-level air-quality monitoring device to measure wildland fire pollutants including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulates, in a small, easy-to-use unit capable of data storage and data viewing. As more frequent wildfires are expected to occur near populated areas, air-quality monitoring will be more persistent. To address the EPA's need, Intellisense Systems, Inc. (ISI) proposes to develop a new Remote Air Quality Reporting (RAQR) system, capable of reporting air quality data through a robust meshed network of small, low-cost nodes. The RAQR system is based on ISI's existing TRL-7/TRL-8 remote meshed sensor technology that can harvest solar power and communicate through radio, cellular, or Iridium, coupled with a new innovative, compact air-quality sensor suite. As RAQR is small, simple to set up, and does not require hardline power, it will enable the end-user to deploy a robust network of air-quality sensors rapidly and at low cost. In Phase I, ISI will demonstrate the feasibility of RAQR with a functional prototype capable of reporting air-quality data wirelessly, reaching TRL-4. In Phase II, ISI will refine the RAQR system design and fabricate multiple prototypes for end-user evaluation, leading to a TRL-7 device.