Real-Time Smart Sensors To Improve Indoor Environment

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are developing futuristic, real-time, smart sensors which work by making decisions from detecting and changing air quality and energy conditions indoors, reports Cooling Post.

The team, from the School of Engineering and Built Environment, have been granted £150,000 from the Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems (CENSIS) to work on the 18-month research project. They will work alongside Cumbernauld-based Gas Sensing Solutions to develop the smart technology, which is designed to provide comfortable living environments, reduce power consumption and protect the environment.

Together they will investigate the use of smart sensors that can anticipate and respond to changing conditions autonomously across a range of applications including, for example, building energy management systems. The team will be led by Dr Hadi Larijani of GCU. The researchers are hoping to develop next-generation smart sensors that can work with minimal human intervention using real-time data - currently the majority of sensors are incapable of making intelligent real-time decisions.

Professor Des Gibson, chairman of Gas Sensing Solutions, commented: "The project offers potential to extend and enhance product performance, opening up access into new and commercially lucrative global markets."This latest project underlines the increasing prevalence of smart technologies for heating and cooling.

Smart sensor systems is a growing market that is expected to reach an estimated global value of $605 billion (£405 billion) by 2015, while wireless solutions are expected to grow at over 48% per year.

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