Accurate air quality data starts with calibration. Clarity's rigorous calibration process ensures your air quality measurements are scientifically validated and defensible.
Calibration involves tuning your air quality measurement equipment's output to more closely match reference air quality monitor readings. After the Collocation phase is complete — typically four to six weeks — your Environmental Project Manager will present a customized report and calibration model for your project.
Collocation is highly recommended for any air quality sensor network, but if you don’t have access to reference equipment or are unable to collocate your air quality sensors, Clarity offers pre-calibrated Nodes to ensure the best possible performance even when collocation is not available.
Clarity Nodes utilize Plantower low-cost optical particle counter (OPC) sensors to measure PM2.5 mass concentration. OPCs do not directly measure PM2.5 mass but rather count and size particles. To estimate PM2.5 mass concentration accurately, information about particulate composition is needed.
Factory calibration programs an assumed particulate composition factor into each OPC, but this assumption may differ from the actual composition, leading to measurement errors. By analyzing collocation data from various locations, Clarity has developed a generalized calibration profile that reduces these errors.
Through collocation studies at project sites, regional calibration profiles can be developed, further enhancing accuracy by fine-tuning the composition assumptions based on local conditions. Once calibration is completed, both raw and calibrated PM2.5 air quality data are available in the Clarity Dashboard.
Clarity Nodes use electrochemical cell sensors (ECS) to measure NO2 concentrations. The ECS reacts with NO2 to generate an electrical current, which is then translated into NO2 concentration.
With ECS sensors, environmental interferences such as changes in temperature and humidity can affect the sensor's baseline and accuracy. Due to the high device-to-device variation of ECS sensors, individual calibration profiles are necessary to minimize measurement errors.
By conducting collocation studies, specific calibration profiles can be created for each air quality sensor, correcting for interferences and adjusting the raw NO2 signal to better match the reference instrument's output. Once calibration is completed, both raw and calibrated NO2 air quality data are available in the Clarity Dashboard.
All Clarity devices undergo a rigorous multi-step calibration process in partnership with a dedicated Environmental Project Manager.
Clarity strives to meet the performance targets set by the US EPA, EU, and other regulators for all of our projects.
We openly share calibration reports detailing the performance of each device post-calibration, so you'll know exactly how your air quality sensors are performing relative to strict quality standards. Our Environmental Project Managers also provide guidance to help you make the most of your calibrated data. We want to ensure you can leverage your air quality measurements to drive meaningful insights.
Read third-party evaluation reports from the world’s leading air quality equipment experts on our Resources page.
Our patented Remote Calibration is at the core of Clarity's Sensing-as-a-Service offering, which includes:
Self-powered Clarity Node-S air quality monitoring hardware measures PM2.5 and NO2 and serves as a platform for additional modules that measure Wind, Black Carbon, and Ozone. Rugged and with minimized maintenance requirements, our devices reduce installation and field intervention costs.Explore our devices
Air quality measurements and air sensor network status are easily accessible in real-time via Clarity’s user-friendly Dashboard, REST API, and OpenMap. No matter your level of experience, we have a solution to help you and your project’s stakeholders to get the most out of your data.Learn more about Clarity Cloud
Air quality monitoring is hard, but we can help. You’ll partner with an experienced Environmental Project Manager to help you define a project plan and guide you through Collocation and Calibration of your devices. You’ll receive support throughout the duration of your project, with recurring meetings and check-ins to ensure data quality.