The AirNodeTM, AirLabs’ advanced air quality sensor, has been awarded the Best Accuracy Award for outdoor PM2.5 monitoring in Air Parif’s prestigious The Microsensors Challenge competition 2021.

The device is being installed as part of the world’s densest air quality sensor network, AirScapeTM . The network has been designed to transform how we monitor and manage air pollution, providing at least 100x more spatial resolution and refreshing 60x more regularly than other existing networks. AirNode, the key component to the network, enables hyper-local air quality data to be reported every minute to map the issue in real time. This award-winning technology provides minute by minute, street by street visibility on air pollution to drastically improve public health and wellbeing in urban spaces.

The AirNode device was assessed against 28 outdoor air quality sensors around the world in the Air Parif Airlab Microsensors Challenge. The company’s stand-out technology was awarded for its impeccable accuracy that will continue to play a critical role in transforming our knowledge and understanding of air pollution in urban spaces.

The AirNode was acknowledged for its low-maintenance, multi-pollutant measurement, at a competitive price, whilst providing excellent accuracy for PM1 and PM2.5.This is part of the company’s pursuit to bring affordable yet accurate sensor technology to the market. The AirNode provides a level of intelligence and accuracy that is critical to understanding and addressing the complex issues of urban air pollution. The AirNode’s award-winning accuracy, affordability and robust nature enables it to provide the level of precise data needed to inform impactful decision-making for all stakeholders interested in improving air quality in urban areas.

Marc Ottolini, CEO of AirLabs said: “There is huge potential for low-cost air quality sensors to help cities around the world to visualising and tackle air pollution at street level. AirParif’s Airlab challenge is instrumental in benchmarking sensors from many countries and drive innovation forward. We are proud to be one of the category winners in this year’s competition.”

Alongside PM1 and PM2.5, the AirNode device also measures a wider range of airborne particulate matter and toxic gases including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3) and carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as temperature and humidity.

The Microsensors Challenge, organised by the leading air quality authority in Paris, Air Parif, was launched in response to the air pollution crisis, responsible for seven million premature deaths per year globally. The Challenge informs the growing international interest in air quality sensors on the most effective technologies on the market.