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Project SPIRI: monitoring, guidelines and control of indoor air quality


The quality of the air we breathe has great impact on our lives in the short, medium and long term. Poor air quality can have consequences like daily stress, seasonal illnesses, cancer development or chronic lung diseases. According to WHO (World Health Organization), 7 million people die prematurely every year because of air pollution, this is due to the fact that internal air quality (iAQ) is up to 40 times worse than that of external air . The SPIRI project arose from the opportunity identified in working on air conditioning systems (HVAC) in order to reduce electricity costs while ensuring optimal air quality within the indoor environments. It is estimated that residents of large cities spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, whether in their homes, transportation or workplaces. The malfunction of an air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC-R) implies not only a low iAQ, but also a waste of electrical energy, which can significantly impact the costs of a building. Given the worldwide trend of seeking greater efficiency in the use of sustainable resources and practices, HVAC-R systems are still far behind in the use of digital management technologies. The result is badly conditioned / ventilated environments that result in damage to the health of the occupants or, no less worrying, in over-estimated operation, that is, with wasted electrical energy. The project aims to use the latest trends in Internet technologies of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Sensors to carry out the continuous monitoring and actuation of HVAC systems. It is a holistic and high capillarity monitoring network that enables the mapping of iAQ and the inference of valuable information to optimize the functioning of these systems. The SPIRI project benefited from the FAPESP program PIPE-1 2015 / 22209-4, and is currently under development. Due to the satisfactory partial results and the potential markets identified through the i-CORPS entrepreneurship program, it was decided to present the proposal for the continuation of the project in Phase 2 of the PIPE program. At Omni-Electronica, innovation is one of the pillars of strategic planning. All our actions converge towards the goal of being a reference in innovation among the companies that develop hardware and software for Internet of Things, also achieving global reach. To this end, it was established in 2017, the partnership with several large and renowned companies for realization of facilities, testing, market mentoring and even marketing and branding production. The strategy for insertion of SPIRI Technology in the market predicts a focus on hospitals through observations during the i-CORPS program. (AU)

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