Smart Sense: Revolutionizing Air Quality Monitoring for Schools and Beyond

Recently, at the Bett Ed Tech fair in London, several Croatian companies achieved notable recognition, with Smart Sense from Zagreb being among the awardees. Their accolade, bestowed by English school students aged seven to thirteen, holds special significance as it reflects the endorsement of the younger generation.

Smart Sense clinched the award for their presentation of the My Sensees sensor, which gathers data on indoor CO2 levels, temperature, humidity, and particles. They also showcased the Sensees Environment measuring station, which monitors temperature, humidity, five types of gases, and three types of particles in the surrounding environment. This station is easily expandable with additional sensors such as noise, precipitation, wind, and electromagnetic radiation.

Hana Matanović, the director of Smart Sense, elaborated that data collected from both devices is transmitted to the Sensees IoT platform in the cloud, where it undergoes further processing and is accessible to users via web or mobile phone.

Smart Sense’s partnership with CARNET involves outfitting 400 schools in the e-school project. The sensors, delivered in September, have already yielded interesting insights. Matanović noted that many classrooms experience excessive temperatures during winter, leading to dry air, which negatively impacts students and results in unnecessary energy consumption. A modest reduction of one degree in heating can conserve up to five percent of energy.

The significance of Smart Sense’s solution lies in prioritizing children’s well-being by ensuring the quality of the air they breathe daily.

However, the broader issue persists regarding the lack of systematic measurements and research on air quality in classrooms. According to Aleksandra Mirosavljević, president of the Croatian Association of Primary School Principals, the equipment available in schools depends on the financial capacity of the founders, namely cities and counties. Wealthier areas are equipped with air conditioners and air purifiers, whereas less affluent regions may struggle to provide even basic heating.

Mirosavljević stressed the need for systematic efforts and relevant data from institutions like the Croatian Institute of Public Health to guide improvements across all schools. She underscored the variability of air quality between urban and rural areas.

Smart Sense’s measuring stations are already operational in approximately 30 Croatian cities, providing periodic data on air quality. Matanović cautioned that occasional parameter increases during emergencies are not necessarily causes for concern. Nonetheless, she urged adherence to warnings from professional institutions such as HZJZ, A. Štampar, DHMZ, and the Institute for Medical Research, emphasizing that the complex interpretation of air quality should be left to the experts. Smart Sense aims to contribute to collecting extensive data for relevant interpretation by professionals in various locations through their new technologies.

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