Sensor manufacturer FreshAir has introduced an innovative monitoring system that detects and proves proves there is a presence of tobacco and marijuana smoking.
The FreshAir1 system, the company says, is ideally suited for use in multi-family apartment buildings, public housing complexes, and other high-volume residential settings. Its “the only technology available to monitor for, immediately detect, and prove tobacco smoking and marijuana smoking” and is ideal for enforcing no-smoking policies, protecting infrastructure investments, protecting residents from unwanted exposure to smoking, and avoiding conflicts, the company adds.
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Unlike typical smoke detectors that use light or radiation to detect general particles (dust, smoke, steam), FreshAir sensors are capable of detecting specific molecules in tobacco smoke and marijuana smoke, the company explains. “What’s more, the molecularly imprinted polymer that forms the sensor resets following smoking detection, thus enabling continued monitoring without additional upkeep.”
Widely deployed in apartment and public housing complexes, FreshAir1 devices, with their patented PolySens technology, detect and prove smoking in unauthorized areas.
Each unit is tamper-proof and offers cloud-based monitoring. Moreover, the units are designed to prevent typical efforts to defeat detection, helping to protect no-smoking areas in real time, says FreshAir, a company specializes in the development of sensors to detect and alert for hazardous chemicals, says.
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FreshAir's detection devices are easy to install; they plug into standard Type B outlets and are secured with tamper-proof screws. The WiFi-enabled detection devices connect to a building’s network to communicate 24/7 with FreshAir's monitoring platform. Each device in a FreshAir1 system is capable of monitoring up to 500 square feet of open space.
“When smoking is detected in a monitored space, FreshAir sends an immediate alert to users via email, computer desktop, and/or mobile phone push notification,” the company says. “Smoking alerts come with timestamped reports of the incident in the monitored space, providing the scientific proof needed to enforce no-smoking policies. FreshAir’s Mobile App and online portal allow facilities teams to access alert history, stay updated on device information, and log additional evidence of smoking to be archived in the account’s alert history.”