Sensors Expo & Conference 2019: Air-Quality A Growing Concern

As air-quality, or the lack thereof, has been linked to various medical conditions, there is an urgent need for accurate monitoring of the air we breath for toxins and other negative factors. Several companies are addressing these concerns by creating the instruments for monitoring air in various environments as well as devices to reduce and/or rectify the negative effects of pollution and climate changes. One such company is Particles Plus, Inc.

David Pariseau is the CTO and Co-Founder of Particles Plus, Inc. The company engineers and manufactures particle counters and air-quality monitoring instrumentation. It serves the Life Science, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Indoor Air Quality, Industrial Health & Safety, Cosmetic, Semiconductor, Aerospace, and Data Storage industries.

Mr. Pariseau has been developing embedded systems for several decades. He has founded several companies and worked with start-ups and large corporations across a wide variety of industries including: defense, financial, consumer electronics, power, telephony, industrial equipment, medical and test/measurement. 

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At Sensors Expo 2019 in San Jose, CA, on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm, you can hear David Pariseau offer his expertise on the subject of air quality. He will discuss recent studies that show available quality-monitoring instruments are not providing accurate or the most pertinent information on air quality. He will also examine studies in progress and capture emerging thoughts on how ambient air quality should be measured.

This is Mr. Pariseau’s first visit to Sensors Expo as a presenter. He says, “I’ve attended Sensors Expo a number of times over the years but have never presented at it before. I think it fills an important niche and provides a valuable venue for sensors and sensor-related information.”

Just for our attendees and readers, he was able to give me some deeper revelations regarding his presence and presentation. “I have a company that makes air quality instruments (Particles Plus, Inc.). We’ve been in this space for decades and have transitioned from building/selling instrumentation to measure air quality for clean manufacturing processes, to providing instrumentation for indoor and outdoor air monitoring. Demand for indoor and outdoor air quality sensors at present is enormous and we’re seeing incredible growth in this space.  However, to date most of the sensors in this space are poorly designed and provide very poor performance. Most of these are designed around very low-cost “dust sensors” that are ill suited to deliver the results clients in the field are looking for and expecting.   We’re working with some agencies both domestic and international to develop standards for sensors in this space (akin to what was done in the cleanroom industry decades ago). I intend to:

  • discuss the current state of air quality monitoring,
  • discuss how various optical particulate sensors are designed and what the benefits and limitations of these are,
  • show some internal and 3rd party data from a variety of sensors,
  • educate those wishing to integrate such sensors or instruments in their systems.

It’s critical for anyone integrating or using these instruments to understand what to look for and how best to use such products.”

He says the most important point he wants his audience to leave the session with is, “Today’s low-cost air quality sensors are very inaccurate devices that give poor and misleading information, often deliberately so.  This segment is in dire need of standards akin to those put in place to address similar issues decades ago in the cleanroom air quality space.”

If you are ready to get on top of these increasing concerns about air quality in your work and living spaces, then you need to do two very easy things: first, register for Sensors Expo, and second, attend David Pariseau’s Air Quality Session, Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm PST. ~MD

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