Luxembourg-based PropTech recently launched its digital air sensors, with the mission to improve quality of life and staff efficiency.
Photo: Sensilla’s team primary vision is to help companies improve the air quality in their buildings, for the well-being and health of their employees / Credits © Sensilla
Sensilla, the Luxembourg-based startup specializing in the measurement of air quality in working environments, recently launched its digital air sensors.
Shaped like beehives, these mobile or embeddable boxes measure real time temperature, relative humidity and air pressure with the help of finely calibrated sensors.
They also measure the rate of CO2, the number of fine particles as well as the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) all of which are pollutants that can cause respiratory, cardiac and pulmonary diseases.
“There is a correlation between the quality of the air we breathe and the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” said Julien Larios, Head of Product at Proptech. “Measuring the concentrations of CO2 and VOCs can help determine when it becomes necessary to renew the air in a room.”
He recalls that we spend more than 90% of our time inside a building, an environment that is up to 10 times more polluted than outside. “And as we breathe up to 25,000 liters of air per day, the quality of the air is a determining factor for our health; because it impacts the well-being and productivity of employees in companies,” he adds.
The idea was born almost seven years ago from a research and development project on a micro-sensor technology.
The solution that was commercialized in January 2021, is aimed at office real estate players (owners and tenants of office and coworking spaces, building managers…), shopping centers and performance auditors.
“A continuous flow of accurate measurements represents a practical and cost-effective alternative.”
Fixed to the wall of a room at a rate of one per 50m2 of surface, or simply placed near recurring sources of air pollution (carpets, glues, cleaning products, printers, etc.), the sensors are connected to the startup’s cloud. The data collected and measured in real time is then visualized on a dashboard accessible via a smartphone, tablet or PC.
“A continuous flow of accurate measurements represents a practical and cost-effective alternative to one-off analytical measurements performed by specialized laboratories,” continues Julien Larios.
In addition to renting and installing the smart sensors, the startup offers companies a long-term support service that includes a site survey, a monitoring system, analysis of the data collected, and the development of a remediation and maintenance plan.
It also offers two-week interventions, within the framework of punctual measurement campaigns.
The startup hopes to position itself as a B2B marketplace in the indoor air quality segment, by developing its collaboration with gas experts and manufacturers of ecological solutions for purifying and depolluting indoor air.
It plans to expand first in Luxembourg and the Greater Region, before setting its sights on the international market.
Founded in 2018 and based in Howald, the PropTech has five employees. Its primary vision, along with air quality measurement, is to help companies improve the air quality in their buildings, for the well-being and health of their employees.