Friday, December 21— 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 Instruments’ Los Angeles branch in Northridge, not far away from the Woolsey and Malibu wildfires, has eased some concerns for homeowners in the fire zones. Through FEI’s partner company Field Data Services, a Community Air Monitoring Program (CAMP) that uses proprietary FDS technology allows residents to monitor air quality near their homes.
“It’s a self-contained environmental enclosure with a dust monitor, and you can put a VSC (volatile sulfur compounds) monitor for gas 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 uses solar-powered air monitors that connect to a web application. Real-time data can be accessed by clients through laptops, tablets, cell phones and other devices connected to the internet.
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.