Three companies – smart edge connectivity vendor Veea Inc., Innovatus Capital Partners and Wynd Technologies Inc. – have joined forces in an in initiative involving Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) in commercial office buildings.

The initial deployment is currently in operation at the Innovatus Highland Ridge office park in Nashville, Tenn. managed by Lincoln Property Company. Improving the environmental quality of office workspaces, the three firms said in a release, is “crucial in building the confidence that tenants and their staffs require to confidently return to pre-COVID utilization and occupancy levels.”

Bradley Seiden, managing director at Innovatus, said “clean air and clean, secure technology are core ingredients of this initiative. Secure, integrated IoT connectivity and edge computing in combination with Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) technology are a winning combination for smart building solutions for our properties.”

The AQM offering uses Wynd Halo sensors to collect air quality metrics throughout the common areas of the building.

These sensors are then wirelessly connected to a edge mesh network of VeeaHub Smart Edge Nodes.

The resulting Veea Edge Platform provides sensor and cloud connectivity as well as cloud-independent local edge computing capabilities.

“Software running locally on the VeeaHubs captures and processes the data from these sensors to generate air quality dashboards and signals that can then drive the facility air control systems,” the release stated. “Building visitors and tenants can easily view a real time air quality score, as well as the underlying details on displays in the building's common areas.”

To maximize operational security and reliability, the Veea Edge Platform also “provides a dedicated 4G LTE connection to securely deliver the statistics back to a cloud-based central monitoring and management system, offering isolation from the general-purpose WAN connections that building tenants use.”

Research contained in a Selbyville, Delaware Market Study Report states that the global Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) market was valued at US$3.9 billon in 2018 and will reach US$5.6 billion by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 4.6%.

“Monitoring air quality is essential for local authorities as well as for major public and private industries to understand and prevent air pollution and assess emission sources, in order to preserve health and contribute to the fight against the greenhouse effect,” the report states.

The Veea/Wynd AQM system is now being deployed at additional properties across the Innovatus national portfolio.