Israel’s Agrolan Ltd. has unveiled a new mobile device that can measure air pollution. This is a groundbreaking development since until now only huge machines – which obviously must be kept stationary – could detect minute contaminants in the air. Now people will be able to take pollution monitors with them wherever they go.
The Golan Heights based Agrolan engages in the development of products that improve the environment. It has begun to market the first air pollution gauge of its kind in Israel. It is only slightly larger than a mobile phone and with it people can easily measure the amount of fine particulate matter suspended in the air at any point. The display has 6 background colors which highlight various pollution levels and with it pollution can be detected both indoors and outside.
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There are numerous sources of dangerous airborne particles such as factories, quarries, power plants, domestic heating, agricultural fires or storms that can carry pollutants with them.
High concentrations of suspended particles in the air can lead to increased incidences of respiratory diseases. They penetrate the respiratory system and cause problems such as coughing and irritation of the trachea and the eyes. Some also release heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, vanadium and others that can cause severe illnesses.
Until now the measuring of pollutant particles in Israel was limited to huge devices ordinarily operated by the Ministry of Environment, which also publishes the data that the machines gather. Now a new mobile and independent option will also be available to companies, green organizations and individuals who want to check the air pollution levels in different places. This will be of especial help to people who suffer from respiratory problems.
Judah Glickman, CEO Agroln, said, “the size of the fine particles carried in the air is 2.5 microns, so they can fly a long distance from the source of the infection. Sometimes they are not noticed by those who breathe them in, but the damage is still likely to be great. So several years ago the Clean Air Act was passed. Measuring the extent of actual infection using the mobile device will allow individuals and organizations to examine the actual situation everywhere, compare the data obtained with legal regulations and act to remedy the situation if required.”