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Archgon set to launch high-precision air quality detector for PM2.5

Archgon set to launch high-precision air quality detector for PM2.5
Air pollution in some Asian cities is so bad that at times, the cities are enveloped by a blanket of smog that impedes visibility. Of all the air pollutants, fine particulate matter (PM) is one of the most hazardous pollution for the human health, where it represents a complex mixture of solid and liquid particles suspended in the air, many of which are hazardous. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), small particles of 2.5 micrometer in size, or PM2.5, have since been a huge concern in many parts of Asia, notable China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

“Today, the inevitable nature of breathing in polluted air has become a serious problem,” Eric Yang of Archgon International said.

Although the effects of long-term exposure to PM2.5, CO2, CO and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are generally not exclusive to Asia, the region does, at most, see higher levels of PM2.5 than the European continent or North America, according to WHO's Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database.

 “One of Archgon's goal is to provide safety and comfort to our customers with the introduction of our Air Quality Monitor System,” Yang noted, adding that the company recently unveiled during Computex 2016 its PM2.5/VOC Detector that can effectively monitor air quality, thus allowing users to practice precaution by avoiding affected areas or prolonged, strenuous outdoor physical activities.

The device can take interval measurements of your surrounding environment every 20 seconds at a PM2.5 range of up to 300μg/m3, and send data to the user's wireless device or smartphone.

“Air pollution information could enter into the algorithm and change the way people go about their everyday business, and taking prudent avoidance of your surroundings to avoid the problem,” he said.

According to Yang, this PM2.5 detector for home use is expected to be launched in the second half of this year.

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