Our company, VizAeras, means “Visual Air.” We comprise an experienced team of passionate innovators and health creators.
We developed an IoT platform technology, “indor”, designed to monitor healthy building conditions also known as Indoor Environmental Quality or “IEQ.”
IEQ is most simply described as the conditions inside a building and how it affects the health and well-being of those who occupy it.
With “indor” we can monitor and track not only the carbon dioxide (C02) levels within the air we breathe, but also temperature, humidity, light, sound, exposure to harmful chemicals, gasses, and pollutants, and other critical factors that affect human health and performance inside our homes, offices, classrooms, and retail businesses.
Our team was shocked to learn that the average adult takes approximately 20,000 breaths per day and spends 90% of their time indoors, where pollution can be 2-5X worse than outdoors.
We also learned that indoor pollution causes or aggravates up to 50% of all illnesses. In fact, the U.S. EPA now ranks indoor pollution as a top five environmental risk to public health and estimates that poor indoor air quality affects 33% to 50% of all commercial buildings in the U.S. and is responsible for over 10 million lost workdays per year.
In short, indoor spaces and long-term exposure to indoor pollution can truly affect our health, well-being, productivity, and even business profits!
Often referred to as a ‘silent killer’, experts believe monitoring and tracking indoor pollution will help save millions of lives and billions of dollars in annual health care costs and productivity loss, globally.
While Google Mapped “The Great Outdoors” OUR VISION at VizAeras is to Map, Track, and Connect “The Great Indoors”, providing transparency and real-time public access to indoor pollution levels for any building, from any device for free.
Our unique approach provides building owners and business operators with the ability to not only monitor, track, and publicly share healthy building metrics, but also respond to any potentially harmful conditions in real-time.
VizAeras’s patent pending platform technology and monitoring capabilities can also help improve business credibility, occupant health, and public trust by allowing families, employees, co-workers, students, and consumers to easily access, share, and compare indoor health and pollution data for any building.
True to our name, with “VizAeras” we can finally “visualize” indoor pollution levels before entering a building. Access to this critical information could shift immense power to consumers as they factor the overall healthy building conditions when deciding where to spend valuable time and money indoors.
In a post Covid-19 economy, it’s time to protect the most valuable asset inside the building, it’s occupants.
Indoor air pollution poses a serious health risk to populations worldwide. Most Americans, for example, spend approximately 90% of their time indoors at work, home, or school – where indoor pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
The U.S. EPA ranks indoor pollution as a top five environmental risk to public health and estimates that poor indoor air quality affects 33% to 50% of commercial buildings in the U.S. and is responsible for over 10 million lost workdays per year. Globally, approximately 3.8 million people die every year as a result of indoor air pollution.
Between 2019 and 2020, COVID-19 has confirmed the urgent need to monitor and track Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) conditions and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) – and provide transparency and access to the critical factors that affect indoor pollution levels – such as carbon dioxide (CO2), and other healthy building metrics for the most valuable asset inside the building, its occupants.
Carbon dioxide monitoring is becoming an imperative part of COVID-19 preparedness and planning. In California, for example, Governor Newsom signed California Assembly Bill AB 841 into law in September 2020, mandating indoor air quality monitoring to reduce COVID-19 transmission and infection risk. The bill requires classrooms to monitor C02 and provide an alert when the carbon dioxide levels in the classroom have exceeded 1,100 ppm.
When people exhale inside a room, carbon dioxide aerosols containing pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) from infected individuals can be used as a vehicle to increase virus concentrations in the indoor air, as shown by the University of Colorado and Harvard School of Public Health. Is it important we monitor indoor CO2 levels inside our homes, offices and classrooms, (targeting concentrations below 1,100 PPM) and provide access to this information so that high concentrations can be addressed or remedied with proper ventilation and airflow.
Numerous studies have also shown an association between poor indoor air quality and heart disease. In particular, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter (PM) have been found to trigger episodes in arrhythmia patients. In addition to an increase in viral transmission as noted above, other recent studies have shown a correlation between indoor air pollution and carbon dioxide with a decrease in student health, lack of concentration and lower test scores, reduced employee productivity, and even lower business profits.
Prior to the Covid-19 global pandemic, working from home was already a big trend in the workplace. The devastating novel coronavirus has forced millions of people into an accelerated work-from-home routine. At the same time, there is an emerging post Covid-19 world where people are going back to work and schools have started reopening. In this rapidly changing world, indoor air quality (IAQ) and overall healthy building conditions becomes critical in promoting safety, security, health, well-being, and productivity. By regularly monitoring and tracking indoor air quality metrics and key health performance indicators (HPIs), it is possible to prevent further exposure to indoor pollutants and avoid conditions that allow viruses and bacteria to flourish.
Currently, no other IAQ or IEQ device on the market allows for simple remote monitoring and quick-scan access for any building, with simple share and compare data features to easily monitor and track indoor pollution exposure at frequent or favorite locations. Indor provides the tools necessary to easily detect dangerous pollutants and take action to remedy before occupants fall ill and become less productive. There has never been a greater need for the ability to easily monitor, access, share, compare, and promote healthy building metrics for any building from any device, in real time.