It has been over 2 years since we last launched a new product to market. That is all about to change! This June, GSS will bring not just one new product to market, but two exciting new carbon dioxide sensors!
We are keeping the details close to our chest at the moment, until June 25th when we unveil the new sensors at Sensor+Test 2019.
For the last 30 years we have enjoyed the increasing benefits of wireless networks giving us the power to communicate remotely. With the advent of the IoT, wireless connectivity has moved beyond linking just humans, to the creation of networks which integrate people with their environment via sensing and actuation systems. Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) has been at the forefront of the IoT movement with their ultra low power LED NDIR CO2 sensors
More discussion on this later…
First a review of the wireless network evolution. The 80’s saw the introduction of 1G better known as analogue cellular followed by 2G, 3G,4G and now 5G. Analog cellular system standards were fragmented at the county level and purely focused on providing voice services.
GSM (2G) was the initial digital standard providing both voice and very limited data capability (SMS) and was the first “nearly” global standard. 3G provided enough bandwidth to give us mobile video although it was initially sold as a more efficient way of providing voice services. 44G acknowledged the need for low power Iot networks with the introduction of Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M (also known as CAT-M1) profiles. 5G will bring us networks that can be configured on the fly for different applications whether they be high bandwidth, low latency, high mobility etc but not necessarily all at the same time! Oh, and if this is not enough, the embryo of 6G is starting to form which is billed to integrated terrestrial and satellite wireless technology thus providing genuine global coverage …at long last!
A little more detail on 5G. This will be a hybrid standard which builds on legacy 4G (LTE) technology but also elegantly integrates WiFi and emerging Low Power Wan technologies such as Sigfox and LoRA. The 5G network will offer application and deployment flexibility in that the software used to program the network (SDN) will define the the characteristics of the service. In addition, 5G networks will “think” for themselves such that they will be able to self organise (SON) to accommodate changes in bandwidth and latency demand as populations move around during the day. In the event of an abnormal event, for instance physical infrastructure damage, the network will automatically reroute traffic to maintain services.
Power Consumption (and Supply) the never-ending challenge.
Whilst wireless technology develops in leaps and bounds it does so with the constraint of both power consumption and supply. Ever since the introduction of the mobile phone and apparently there over 80 million of them in the UK alone, battery lifetime has been a key care about. With the advent of the Iot where many of the end points are sensors often remotely deployed, low power consumption remains a key objective. GSS CO2 sensors have become a compelling choice for companies manufacturing, environmental, medical, horticultural etc monitoring systems. These require miserly power consumption as the sensor end points are almost always battery powered. although energy scavenging systems are becoming more prevalent.
So why are GSS NDIR CO2 gas sensors so compelling? Well they feature ultra-low power consumption by employing solid state, mid-infrared, light emitting diode and photodiode technology. Specific performance benefits include power consumption of less than 3.0mW when performing two measurements per second and rapid stabilisation time of less than 2 second. This super low power consumption makes them ideal for battery and scavenging systems. GSS sensors being solid state, with an absence of fragile parts, are very robust and ideal for tough IoT deployments. Conversely traditional CO2 sensors use incandescent IR sources which require time to heat up, are fragile and tend to drift overtime as the filament emissions change due to the ageing process.
GSS designs and produces its CO2 sensor product range in Scotland. This includes the manufacturing of LED and Photodiode components emitting and detecting radiation at 4.3uM which is a prime resonant vibration frequency of the CO2 molecule.
The sensor unit comprise a bridge board housing the IR emitter source and sensing components plus a custom optical cavity into which the CO2 under measurement diffuses. By knowing the input energy to the LED source and the measured received signal strength at the photo diode, the level of IR radiation absorbed by the C02 gas can be calculated. GSS has developed and refined propriety temperature compensated signal processing algorithms to facilitate the CO2 gas concentration calculation.
GSS Sensors are easy to interface with standard Wireless Modules.
GSS Sensors require minimal physical connections. As shown above all that is required is Power and Ground plus a UART bus connection for interfacing to a range of industry standard wireless modules. The figure below shows a GSS CozIR LP sensor bonded with a Bluetooth module demonstrating just how compact such a wireless solution can be. The sensor module is powered by a 3V coin cell. We used a generally available APP to remotely display the sensor readings.
GSS are always on hand to offer our expert advise. Please contact us for more information.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating many new exciting application opportunities to create smart environments where sensors monitor for changes so that the appropriate actions can be taken. The fastest growing examples of this are HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning), IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), smart homes and smart offices where a network of sensors monitors temperature and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels to ensure the optimal conditionals are maintained with the minimum of energy expenditure. A challenge for such systems in that the CO2 sensors need mains power to operate incurring costs for cabling and, in the case of installing in existing buildings, redecoration.
Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) has solved this problem with its low power, LED-based sensor technology. The sensor’s power requirements are so low that wireless monitors can be built that measure CO2 levels as well as temperature and humidity with a battery life of over ten years. Being wireless means that they can be placed wherever they are required with no need for cabling or disruption and simply relocated as building usages changes
GSS CozIR-LP with I2C interface
To make the design of these monitors even easier, GSS has added an I2C interface to its very low power CO2 sensor, the CozIR®-LP. Having the widely used I2C interface now makes the integration of the sensor into a design very easy. The CozIR®-LP is the lowest power CO2 sensor available requiring only 3mW that is up to 50 times lower than typical NDIR CO2 sensors. The GSS patented LED technology also means that the solid state sensor is very robust. This keeps maintenance costs to a minimum as the expected lifetime is greater than 15 years making them the perfect choice for fit and forget applications that measure low (ambient) levels of CO2 from 0-1%.
“Although HVAC and IAQ are major application areas,” explained Calum MacGregor, CEO at GSS, “the lightweight, miniature size of the CozIR-LP also opens up other new possibilities for CO2 monitoring such as portable and wearable devices. The power requirements are so low that energy harvesting designs, such as solar, are now easily achievable. Here again, the new feature of an I2C interface will simplify the design process of integrating the sensor with other sensors and devices all on the I2C bus.”
GSS will be launching the new I2C-enabled CozIR®-LP on booth C5366 at the AHR Expo in Atlanta, GA, USA on the 14-16 of January 2019. https://ahrexpo.com/
Most CO2 sensors work by measuring how much light is absorbed by CO2 molecules in the 4.2 to 4.4 microns range as it passes through the sample gas, which is called Non-Dispersive Infra Red (NDIR) absorption. The amount of absorption indicates how much CO2 is present. GSS developed proprietary LEDs that are specifically tuned to emit at these wavelengths. The LEDs use very little power and turn on almost instantly, enabling sensor readings to be made in a few seconds. As a result, GSS has pioneered the development of CO2 sensors that can be powered by batteries for long periods of up to ten years. Competitor sensors use IR sources that require significantly more power per measurement and also take much longer to reach a stable condition for a measurement, resulting in the need for mains power.
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Ever wondered why long car journeys make you feel tired and sleepy? Is it the boredom of endless, never changing motorways or perhaps something else? Carbon Dioxide sensor specialists, Gas Sensing Solutions, wondered if it could be a build-up of CO2 gas, because at levels of 1000 ppm and above people can become drowsy and lethargic. So they took a CO2 datalogger from their gas sensor range on a road trip to find out how CO2 levels changed throughout the journey.
Why can car journeys make you feel sleepy?
Dr David Moodie, Technical Manager at GSS, explained, “This follows on from our trip to Asia where we used our CO2 datalogger to measure CO2 gas levels on planes, trains and taxis. We were surprised that levels were the worst in taxis – peaking at an astonishing 10000 ppm on one journey – so we decided to check the levels on our own road trip in the UK.”
Measure CO2, temperature & humidity in a car
Before the datalogger took to the road, it was first used to test CO2 levels in a stationary car. This would show the impact on CO2 levels with a group of 4 people in a confined space. The engine was switched off and the windows kept closed to avoid any flow of fresh air inside the vehicle. The datalogger showed that when the passengers got inside the car, the CO2 level was 1000 ppm. It then rocketed to almost 4000 ppm in just 15 minutes. At that stage, the atmosphere inside the cabin had become extremely stuffy and unpleasant.
Graph showing CO2 levels in a stationary car
Next came the road trip. The first car journey involved two people travelling to the supermarket. The CO2 from their exhaled breath increased the concentration of CO2 in the car cabin to around 1400 ppm. Surprisingly, it only took about forty-five minutes to reach this level, which shows how quickly CO2 levels can rise. The datalogger was then left in the car overnight with the windows closed. The graph shows just how long it takes for the CO2 to disperse from a closed car, taking until around 9am the next day to drop down to nearer ambient levels of CO2.
CO2 levels recorded with a datalogger
The second car journey recorded four people travelling non-stop from Wales to Scotland. With four people, the level of CO2 shot up even faster, reaching 2000 ppm in about twenty minutes. This is the level where CO2 symptoms can start to cause loss of concentration, headaches and sleepiness for example. Fortunately, they opened the windows to bring in fresh air from outside, which reduced the CO2 to more acceptable, ambient levels within an hour.
Dr David Moodie, added, “Our real-world datalogger measurements show how CO2 levels can rapidly build up in an enclosed space with several occupants – and in a relatively short space of time too. The results on both journeys exceeded The World Health Organisation* guideline that CO2 levels should be below 1000 ppm.”
The datalogger used in the experiment measures CO2 concentration, air pressure and temperature, along with relative humidity every few minutes. This unit was designed and built by GSS and it uses one of its low power, ambient air, CozIR®-A sensors. GSS’s unique LED technology at the heart of its sensors means that it has a very low power consumption, unlike many other CO2 sensors that need mains power. This enables battery-powered CO2 monitoring products to be created, such as this datalogger, that is able to record over a 2-week period without needing a change of battery.
GSS CO2 datalogger with a CozIR sensor inside
Dr David Moodie, concluded, “This ability to be battery powered for long periods has opened up a whole new range of design possibilities for CO2 monitors. Now it’s possible to have handheld breath monitors with high speed sensing for people with respiratory conditions, portable leak detection instruments, handheld MAP analysers, and wireless air quality monitors for IoT applications. These are just a few examples of what is achievable, the possibilities really are endless.”
Drowsy driving facts and stats
According to a 2005 poll by the American National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adult US drivers – about 168 million people – said that they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year. More than one-third, (37% or 103 million people), have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. Of those who have nodded off, 13% say they have done so at least once a month. According to data from Australia, England, Finland, and other European nations, drowsy driving represents 10 to 30 percent of all crashes. More details at http://drowsydriving.org/about/facts-and-stats/ and https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/drowsy-driving
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GSS is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Manufacturing site of the year’ category of the TechWorks Awards 2018 – the highest accolade in the UK Deep Tech Industry.
Manufacturing Site of the Year award finalist
Rachael Yates, Marketing Manager at GSS said: “We are delighted to be a finalist in the manufacturing category of these prestigious awards. We continuously strive for excellence, and being recognised as a finalist reinforces the hard work of the whole team in achieving this.”
The TechWorks Awards mark the excellence of the industry that is driving the tech economy and becoming such a strategic part of the UK’s and Ireland’s future. Finalists across the awards categories span the breadth of the industry sectors through Manufacturing, Automotive, IoT Security, Electronic Systems & Power Electronics. Being shortlisted for the awards is an accolade in itself – standards are unfalteringly high.
This year’s winners will be announced at the TechWorks Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London – hosted by BBC Political Broadcaster, Strictly Come Dancing contestant and regular Comedy Show Panellist, John Sergeant.
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Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is defined as ‘the packaging of a perishable product in an atmosphere which has been modified so that its composition is other than that of air’ (Hintlian and Hotchkiss, 1986).
It is one of the most updated options to traditional packaging technologies and involves removing and replacing the atmospheric gases with a predetermined gas mixture to slow down the product aging process and preserve the fresh colour, taste and nutrient content throughout an extended shelf life.
The three main gases used in this process are oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. The choice of gas or mixture of gases is very dependent upon the food product being packed.
MAP analyser technologies, which the special feature in gasworld’s Global September issue is looking at, are used for quality assurance in packaging under modified atmosphere.
But what are the key trends driving this industry at the moment?
gasworld spoke to AGC Instruments, Gas Sensing Solutions, MOCON Europe and WITT-Gasetechnik, who all said how data is being collected and stored is the most important trend they are seeing.
Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP)
Source: MOCON Europe
“There seems to be a high focus and demand for collecting and storing data. Hereby enabling producers to improve their productivity and offer improved quality as well as extended traceability to the customers,” said Morten Torngaard, Sales Manager at MOCON Europe.
Mike Loughnane, AGC Instrument’s Business Development Manager, added, “The ability to log and save data and effortlessly send this to a database is probably the most important trend. Audits are becoming increasingly rigorous and food producers must show a ‘paperwork trail’ where this is now stored in computers as opposed to the traditional paper files which are environmentally unfriendly and space prohibitive. Real time data that is easily accessed on computers is a means of monitoring operations in large food production environments.”
WITT-Gasetechnik’s Head of Marketing Alexander Kamschulte echoed, “The documentation of processes and quality assurance is becoming increasingly important. For this reason, we have already equipped our devices with export interfaces and wireless technologies such as Bluetooth or WLAN.”
“The demand for these things will continue to increase. Especially for larger food producers we expect an increasing importance of inline analysers during the packaging process. This, in conjunction with sample testing offers maximum process reliability and documents highest quality standard to the customers.”
gasworld will publish the full feature, titled ’In focus… MAP analyser technologies’, in its upcoming Global September 2018 edition.
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Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS), a manufacturer of NDIR Carbon Dioxide sensors and custom solutions, will be exhibiting at Sensor Expo Japan 2018 with its Japanese partner, GEC. They will be on booth S32 in East Hall of Tokyo Big Sight from 26 to 28 September 2018.
Testing our High Speed CO2 Sensor
“Growing our presence in the Japanese market is a key strategy in our international growth plan,” said Lily Liu, Asia Business Development Manager at GSS. “The Japanese electronics industry is renowned for pioneering innovative solutions based on new technology, such as our award-winning CO2 sensors. These next generation sensors offer lower power, greater speed and robustness, which opens up new application areas that may not have been possible before. For example, CO2 sensors for food processing applications to help keep food fresher for longer; wearable alarms for people entering potentially high CO2 concentration areas at work, such as factories and breweries; and measuring CO2 levels in exhaled breath to monitor and help treat lung diseases.”
GSS has three families of standard products that each focus on a particular strength of its technology, i.e. low power, high speed and robustness. GSS will have demos on its stand to show these three strengths. The CozIR®-LP shows how a battery-powered CO2 sensor can be used for Demand Control Ventilation. The SprintIR®-6S demo shows how fast the sensor responds to changes in CO2 – in less than a second and right up to 100% CO2 concentrations. The ExplorIR® robustness is proven by having it working inside a ball being thrown around the stand. This robustness comes from the sensors being solid-state, enabling them to be used in harsh conditions of vibration and pressure changes such as on vehicles, aircraft or even spacecraft. As the company manufactures its sensors, it also offers a custom CO2 sensor design service.
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Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS), a leader in CO2 sensor technology, will be exhibiting at Sensor China Expo 2018 . The company will be on Booth B004 in the Overseas Pavilion from 10 to 12 September 2018.
“China is one of our largest export markets,” said Lily Liu, Business Development Manager at GSS. “We make regular trips to China to support our partners with technical training and advice on designing solutions using our sensors. Naturally, we will also be talking to manufacturers seeking the very best in CO2 sensor technology, as our next generation LED-based sensors set new standards for low power, fast response and robustness.”
How the CozIR-LP CO2 sensor can be used for Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) applications
GSS has a multi award-winning technology that is the basis for its next generation CO2 sensors. Its proprietary mid-infrared LEDs use very little power and turn on almost instantly – giving sensor readings in less than a second. As a result, GSS has pioneered the development of solid-state NDIR CO2 sensors that can be powered by batteries for up to 15 years. Alternative sensors use IR sources that require significantly more power per measurement and also take much longer to reach a stable condition for a measurement, resulting in the need for mains power. Also, being solid-state means that GSS sensors are very robust and stable enabling them to be used in harsh conditions of vibration and pressure changes, such as on vehicles, aircraft or even spacecraft.
GSS has three families of standard products that each focus on a particular strength of its technology. Therefore, designers can select the most appropriate sensor according to the needs of their specific application. The CozIR® family has particularly low power consumption and so provides a long term, low maintenance solution for battery-powered ambient air monitoring systems.
CozIR-LP low power, small profile CO2 sensor
SprintIR-W high speed sensor
The SprintIR® family provides high speed sensing up to 100% CO2 concentration, for when an ultra-fast measurement result is required. And the ExplorIR® brand is for measuring up to 100% CO2 levels in tough applications, such as those subjected to harsh environments, vibrations, and handling.
ExplorIR-W robust sensor
Within each family there are further sub-brands according to specific features, such as size, output and Temperature + Relative Humidity (RH) integration. As the company manufactures its sensors, it also offers a custom CO2 sensor design service.
GSS will have demonstrations on its stand to showcase these three strengths. The CozIR®-LP shows how a battery-powered CO2 sensor can be used for Demand Control Ventilation. The SprintIR®-6S demo shows how fast the sensor responds to changes in CO2. The ExplorIR® robustness is proven by having it working inside a ball being thrown around the stand.
Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS), a leader in CO2 sensor technology, has announced that it is targeting the growing market of CO2 refrigeration systems with its award-winning CO2 sensors.
A century ago, CO2 was commonly used as a refrigerant, but had practically disappeared by the 1950s with the use of other gases such as HVFC, CFC and HFC.1 The air conditioning and refrigeration industry has now been urged to move to more “natural” refrigerants like CO2, with the onset of huge price increases for traditional HFCs.2 The reduction of harmful greenhouse gases is also a key consideration, as these traditional gases contribute up to four thousand times more than CO2 to global warming.3
Measuring CO2 levels in refrigeration applications
Dr David Moodie, Technical Manager at GSS, said, “CO2-based water chillers, chest freezers, beverage coolers and heat pumps are increasingly being developed and commercialised, making this a very exciting new market for us as providers of innovative CO2 sensors.4 For example, CO2-based refrigeration systems are in use in a large number of Swedish supermarkets, with other countries following this trend towards a highly green refrigeration solution.”5
It is important to have CO2 sensors in this application to monitor for potential CO2 leaks. CO2 exists in the atmosphere, and background (normal) outdoor air levels are around 250-350 ppm.6 CO2 is harmless to humans, except when concentrations are four to five times greater than normal. For example, at 2000-5000 ppm, health problems such as headaches, loss of attention and slight nausea may be experienced.7 As CO2 gas is odourless and colourless, leaks could easily go unnoticed. A speedy warning of increased CO2 levels is therefore vital in ensuring people’s safety in CO2 refrigeration applications.
GSS has a range of standard CO2 sensors for refrigeration applications. The ExplorIR®-W is a particularly robust design, built with mid-infrared LED technology at its core. It’s this solid-state technology that enables the earliest warning of any possible CO2 leaks. This also provides the required long lifetime and high precision needed in leak detection applications.
Available with an extended temperature range, the ExplorIR®-W can operate right down to -25º C as required in many supermarket freezers. It is available in measurement ranges of 0-5%, 0-20% and 0-100% CO2 concentrations according to the specific application. The sensor can be adapted for special requirements, or developed into a custom CO2 sensor solution for leak detection applications.