While we recommend a data cable going directly from the device to a router, for some customers that has not been practical. They were able to get their airborne particulate data by connecting their pollen monitor to a wireless bridge.
We won’t recommend or endorse a wireless bridge that may be required for your application, but here is one that at least indicates the kind of device you’ll need to source. Try this one for long-range needs.
Essentially these turn the pollen sensor into a wireless device, so you’ll need to have a wireless router for it to talk to. Also note that you’ll need to plug this device or one like it into a household power supply, and don’t forget to get a product rated for exposure to the outdoors if that applies!
Our device takes ambient air into its interior where it’s examined with a microscope and photographed. These images are processed using complex algorithms to determine what kind of particles were in the air.
In a way, this is very similar to what happens when trained professionals examine microscope slides that have been exposed to dirty air. The difference, of course, is that our process automates that tedious, time-consuming and often expensive effort.
The data that an Automated Pollen Sensor generates is accessible through several channels:
- Device owners can log into their portal using their web browser. There they’ll be able to see images of pollen, dust and mold (or, if they have clean air, nothing!). They’ll also be able to review graphs of what was in the air by day/week/month/quarter and year.
- App users can see data coming from a device near them (or of their choosing) by using a mobile app.
- Software developers and data resellers can license pollen data from the network of particulate sensors through an API
The Pollen Sense Automated Pollen Sensor is getting smarter all the time. It uses machine learning to decide if a particle is dirt, pollen, or mold. The list is growing…aside from silicates and mold, we are currently teaching it about the following airborne pollen allergens:
- Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
- Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
- Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
- White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
- Silver Birch (Betula pendula)
- American Elm (Ulmus americana)
- Red Alder (Alnus rubra)
- White Mulberry (Morus alba)
- Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne)
- Black Willow (Salix nigra)
- Hardy Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)
- Box Elder (Acer negundo)
- White Pine (Pinus strobus)
- Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)
- Olive (Olea europa)
- Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)