good air for all
Visualizing the Invisible
The global coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered our lives. Suddenly air quality issues have jumped to the forefront of daily health concerns. However, not in terms of the traditional air pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, ozone, but in terms of biological threats, namely: SARS-CoV-2. Understanding how the virus survives and propagates through our environment is vital to knowing how we can best survive its presence before we reach herd immunity through mass vaccination. Based on our current understanding of the virus, not only is the virus transmitted via large droplets but it is also very likely transmitted via much smaller exhaled aerosol particles. Furthermore, new more infectious variants of the virus are currently on the rise.
At ASL, we now provide air quality control systems that monitor and improve indoor air 'freshness' through measurements of several pollutants and environmental factors. In response to these real-time measurements, our system can automatically control a number of devices that will create a healthier fresher indoor air quality for safer and healthier common spaces with low virus concentrations. See our Air Quality Systems.
A world where decision-making for good air quality for all populations is not prevented by data scarcity.
AIR QUALITY CONTROL SYSTEMS
The indoor environment is where we spend most of our time. Our real-time air monitoring systems control devices that create fresh indoor air environments. Clean air environments prevent the transmission of disease and improve people’s long-term health.
Offer consulting services in the domains of exposure science, indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental monitoring and modeling to create and support healthier environments.
Measurements and monitoring are the basis of exposure science. Our lab measures air pollutants via integrated and real-time device monitoring instruments. Our team has over 15 years of fieldwork experience in Switzerland, Europe, USA, as well as in Africa and Asia in support of health studies.
Interesting Findings -- Locally & Internationally
Basel – Restaurant Lunch Visit Personal exposure to nanoparticles in the course of a mid-week lunch The occasional lunch get-together with an old friend to share recent news and exchange life experiences–Wonderful! A quintessential aspect of family life in Switzerland where carefully planned routines leave evenings and weekends less flexible for one-on-one discussion. But, unfortunately,[…]
Basel – Air Quality of Public Spaces Adhoc measurements of nanoparticles 2015 & 2018 There is arguably little awareness of the variability of air quality within the public spaces that we frequent on a daily/weekly basis. Most urban residents simply have an idea of their city having either good or bad air quality. Beyond that,[…]
Basel SBB Air Quality Monitoring in 2014 (smoking allowed) vs 2018 (smoking banned) In 2014, while I was at the Swiss TPH (an associated institute of the University of Basel), we piloted measurements in Basel’s main trainstation (Basel SBB). At the time, smoking was permitted in all but a couple narrow corridors in the station.[…]
Welcome to Atlas Sensing Labs. This site is under construction but you will soon see that we are offering a variety of services that will provide individuals through to governments a better characterization of their local environment for greater individual and public health. Stay tuned…