ABB launches first touch-free smart sensor to reduce indoor air pollution

ABB launches first touch-free smart sensor to reduce indoor air pollution

  • The new ABB FusionAir® Smart Sensor offers four sensing options for creating optimal conditions for improving indoor air quality, safety and comfort.

Latest figures show that indoor air pollution is 3.5 times higher on average inside a building compared with outside1, with the World Health Organization citing the issue as “the world’s largest single environmental health risk” 2.

Adequate and appropriate ventilation is key to improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and reducing exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This contributes towards a healthy environment, protects the health of building occupants and ensures productivity. 3 Research also shows that Poor IAQ can cause headaches, throat and eye irritations, lack of concentration and decreased productivity, with VOCs being linked to ‘sick building syndrome.’

In response, ABB launches its new FusionAir Smart Sensor, a touch free room sensor with optional room control sensors capable of monitoring the temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide (CO2) and VOCs to improve the overall IAQ and reduce the risk of viral exposure.

Commenting on the launch Dr Thorsten Müller, Head of Global Product Group Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB said: “Indoor air quality has been an important topic for many years, but now the added risk of airborne transmissible viruses raises additional concerns. There is a need to take concerted action to reassure occupants that the environment is as safe and healthy as possible.

“Our innovative FusionAir Smart Sensor helps to address these growing concerns on indoor air quality and promotes healthy, safe and comfortable environments for users.”

In addition to temperature, humidity, CO2 and VOC sensing, the FusionAir Smart Sensor can also deliver intelligent control of HVAC, lighting and blindsvia connection to Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors or door entry data. The FusionAir Smart Sensor feeds information back to the connected controller triggering it to react and make intelligent adjustments to lighting, shading, and HVAC, ensuring lights are not left on in empty meeting rooms and costly HVAC is turned off when not required.

FusionAir Smart Sensor features optional touch free control via an App for temperature adjustment, HVAC, lighting, and sun blind control. It allows contactless control, providing additional safety against the transmission of surface borne disease for building occupants.

When connected to ABB Cylon® ASPECT® ABB’s scalable building energy management and control solution, bookable meeting rooms can be set to auto initiate safe preparation prior to usage, ensuring the temperature and humidity is perfect, the lighting and sun shading are adjusted, and the overall indoor air quality is as safe as possible.

Air safety levels are continuously checked when the room is occupied to provide a safe indoor environment. Occupants will be alerted via visual indicators, and the FusionAir Smart Sensor will inform the building management system to take remedial action if required. When the room is vacated, the FusionAir Smart Sensor will initiate an automatic purge of the air in the room through highspeed accelerating air exchange, ready for the next occupants.

FusionAir Smart Sensor is quick and easy to install, reduces the need for multiple sensors enhancing the overall look and feel of a space. Available with a range of sensing options, FusionAir is ideal for use in commercial buildings, hotels, educational settings, or shared recreational environments.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to transforming how people live, connect and work by delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions. We are shaping the future trends of electrification, differentiating through technological and digital innovation while delivering an outstanding experience through operational excellence for our customers across utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility. go.abb/electrification

1 https://www.cleanairhub.org.uk/news-stories/indoor-air-pollution-3-5-times-worse-than-outdoor-air-pollution

2  https://www.who.int/phe/health_topics/outdoorair/databases/en/

3 Breath-borne VOC Biomarkers for COVID-19:  https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.21.20136523v1.full.pdf


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