PollenGPS III: A Novel Airborne Pollen Monitoring System
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Impacting more than one-in-six Canadians every year, allergic disease is one of the most common causes of chronic health conditions world-wide. With only generalized pollen reports of target zones as large as cities updated every 24-hours, pollen analysis is currently not effective, timely or accurate enough for users to navigate their way outdoors safely. Although this set of data is often overlooked, a clear, well-compiled report can become an essential contributor towards the safety of allergy-sufferers, allowing them to resume their activities outside year round. Providing technical aid to users can also potentially lead to the decrease of annual allergy medication intake for them as well.
The objective of this study was to design and construct an automated, and easy to operate system that is able to provide real-time personal pollen concentration estimates at any location and at any time. This set-up, compared to current pollen sampling technology, not only is more beneficial in terms of efficiency and accuracy, but also with regards to cost, portability, maintenance, and user customizability.
The system consists of 3D-printed devices and an online program. Extracting grains contaminating the air, electronically estimating pollen concentrations, and generating self-explanatory reports are all successfully accomplished via the system in a matter of minutes. Now, users can be aware of the conditions they are already in or consider encountering.