Wednesday, December 5— The wildfires that have ravaged Thousand Oaks, Malibu, and other areas near Los Angeles are an ongoing concern for many residents. Even those not displaced by the fires have concerns about ongoing air quality issues.
Field Environmental Instrument’s Los Angeles branch in Northridge is not far away from the Woolsey wildfire in Malibu. Recently, through FEI’s partner company Field Data Solutions (FDS), technology was deployed to the office that will help residents monitor air quality. A Community Air Monitoring Platform (CAMP) that uses proprietary FDS technology is available for rental.
“It’s a self-contained environmental enclosure with a dust monitor, and you can also put a Photo Ionization Detector (PID) monitor for TVOCs (Total Volatile Organic Compounds) in it,” says branch manager Gary Yamron. “It’s ready to rock ‘n’ roll. You just plug it in and it’s automatically ready for uploading.”
FDS’ CAMP system can be powered using the included rechargeable batteries, AC power, or is available with a solar-power option. Real-time data from the instrument can be easily accessed by clients through laptops, tablets, cell phones and other devices connected to the internet. Alerts can be sent to clients through email, SMS, or both. Alerts are issued based on instrument readings and diagnostic system information. FDS provides around-the-clock monitoring of the health of the system and instruments.
Yamron says the technology is easy to use and affordable, and is especially of use in neighborhoods that survived the wildfires but are subject to concentrations of ash and other particulates when winds pick up.
The system is on display at FEI’s Los Angeles branch and available for demonstrations.