cair – where it all started!

This is our first blog as a budding company, and so why not start at the beginning!

While the past few months have been about launching cair, the company and the technology has been developed by cair’s parent company NuWave Sensors. NuWave has been developing air quality sensors since 2014 – it was founded by experienced engineers to provide industrial air quality sensing technology and cloud based analytics for monitoring air quality contamination in factories, offices, hospitals and even for space research!

Quite a leap then from the space race to developing a consumer product – but over the past number of years we became more aware of how bad indoor air quality was in the home and further research backed this up – it is in fact really bad. It can be up to 5 times more polluted than outside air, and the problem is that we spend most of our time indoors!

We started investigating adaptations  to the technology we developed for industrial and commercial use and its application in the home. The idea was to make people more aware of just how bad the air in their home could be so that they could do something about it and make their home a healthier place to spend time. Using a simple software user interface each user could log into and see what was going on in their home. After testing these sensors with early users we began to notice pretty fast that it was the people with respiratory and allergic health issues that were the most concerned, but also the most engaged.

These people had asthma or allergies but in most cases didn’t have their condition under control and weren’t aware of what was causing them to have asthma and allergy issues. Some had an understanding that poor indoor air could be affecting or triggering symptoms such as itchy eyes, wheezing, headaches to more serious respiratory like asthma but didn’t know if it was dust, chemicals or the indoor environment that was at cause.

So, we went back to the drawing board and made the decision to tailor a sensor and software app that could help improve the day-to-day lives of those with asthma and allergy issues by helping them manage their environment more effectively. If we got it right for those worse affected by poor indoor air quality, then everyone could benefit from a healthier home environment.

The sensors we chose to engineer into cair and the software features designed into the app were carefully chosen and engineered, keeping in mind the needs of someone affected by asthma and allergies. Important features like early warning alerts and recommendations were all part of creating a product that users could rely on to help manage their condition more effectively.

Our next blog post will be about the design and engineering process of making cair and the team effort required – why we chose to monitor certain air quality parameters and not others – and the creative process of designing a new product!

Dr Stephen Daniels