AQ Guard

AQ Guard, currently the most advanced compact analyzer for determining indoor air quality, continuously and reliably analyses airborne fine dust particles in the range 175 nm – 20 µm. A newly developed mass conversion algorithm calculates PM values based on single particle optical light scattering, taking signal duration and shape into account. Sensor system and algorithms were developed based on the technology of the EN 16450 certified Fidas® 200. The "Ambient" version (with heated aerosol inlet) achieves precision comparable to type approved analyzers, which makes AQ Guard stand out compared to similar devices.

Besides the PM10 und PM2.5 fine dust fractions, relevant for regulatory immission control, AQ Guard simultaneously calculates and records PM1, PM4, the total dust load, the particle number concentration Cn as well as the particle size distribution. AQ Guard thus provides precise and comprehensive information about particulates as only a single particle counting and sizing device can.

AQ Guard is designed for unattended, continuous operation. Exceptional long term stability of the measuring system is achieved by automatic calibration tracking and allows up to two years of operation without recalibration. Calibration status can be checked, using a test powder calibrated by Palas®. This makes Palas® aerosol spectrometers the only optical fine dust monitors which can be user calibrated with a traceable standard on site.

Auxiliary sensors for CO2 and volatile organic carbohydrates (VOC) built into AQ Guard provide data for calculating an indoor air quality index (AQI) according to the European model. AQ Guard also records air temperature, pressure and relative humidity. Since CO2 is a tracer for human breath the combined measurement of CO2 content and particle size distribution can be used to indicate air contamination by germs and particles emitted by humans. Indoors it it thus possible to determine the fraction of the air that has been exhaled by persons present and contains potentially infectious particles. This kind of data evaluation is a new dimension for assessing indoor air quality, and is available as an "infection risk indicator" (pat. pending) in the AQ Guard. An assessment of air pollution with respect to human aerosols is more specific and meaningful than a general air quality index (AQI).

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  • Technology based on the type approved Fidas® 200 series (EN16450 and MCERTS); simultaneous measurement of Cn, PM1, PM2.5, PM4, PM10
  • Computation of air quality index based on measurements of particulates, CO2, and VOC
  • High accuracy due to advanced algorithms
  • Long term stable due to self calibration for measurement of flow rate, particulates, and gaseous pollutants
  • 2 years operation without calibration
  • Operates on AC, DC, or power-over-Ethernet
  • Industry:
    • Production processes
    • Bulk material handling (mixing, discharge, storage, packaging etc.)
    • Fenceline Monitoring
  • Construction sites: Roads, railroads, demolition sites
  • Buildings: Schools, kindergartens, hospitals, hotels, offices, public service buildings
  • Residential buildings near construction sites or other polluted areas
  • Public transportation: Airports, train stations, tramway & underground stations, cruise ships, passenger cabin, e.g. in tram, train
  • AQ Guard
  • for indoor monitoring
  • AQ Guard Ambient
  • for outdoor monitoring with heated inlet, ambient sensors, weather proof case, etc.

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