Taking Matter into Your Own Hands: About AirBeam

Airbeam device

AirBeam is a low-cost, palm-sized air quality instrument that measures hyperlocal concentrations of harmful microscopic particles in the air, known as particulate matter, as well as humidity and temperature. The AirBeam measures particulate matter with proven accuracy and when used in conjunction with the AirCasting platform - or a custom solution - helps community-based organizations, educators, academics, regulators, city managers, and citizen scientists map air pollution and organize for clean air.

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Why AirBeam?

The AirBeam was designed by HabitatMap to raise awareness of the disproportionate environmental burdens borne by low-income communities and communities of color and equip these communities with tools to advocate for equity and improved quality of life.

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What Our Community
is Saying

University of Virginia

“The AirBeam is a critical tool for enabling communities to understand and advocate for change in their local environments.”

- Andrew Mondschein

University of Iowa

“AirBeam + AirCasting generates a lot of classroom excitement and good discussion when teaching 8th graders about air pollution.”

- Charles Stanier

USC Environmental Health Centers

“The AirBeam is a low-cost and very accessible way to put hyperlocal air quality data in the hands of community members who need it the most, who are most affected by poor air quality, and who can use it as a starting point to understand personal exposures to air pollution.”

- Wendy Gutschow

Cleanup North Brooklyn

“AirCasting puts air quality data collection in the hands of ordinary people and under-resourced organizations. Also, it has been a powerful experience for people impacted by poor air quality to measure air quality first hand.”

- Jen Chantrtanapichate

Piedmont Triad Regional Council

“AirBeams are a great way to show students of all ages what is in the air they are breathing in real time. It is an invaluable tool to provide education and outreach about air pollution sources and how small changes can make a big difference.”

- Anna Leonard

Queensbridge Tech Lab

“Being able to see how a truck passing by impacts our air inspires folks to advocate for themselves and their community - as well as sparking interest and curiosity into how these technologies work from a back-end perspective.”

- Sadie Coughlin-Prego

University of New South Wales

“AirCasting is an easy and interesting way to find out how the air quality around you is and use this data to discuss ways of improving your community.”

- Henrique S. Benites

The Chaplin School

“The AirBeam is an essential tool for citizen science and learning about air quality in our classroom.”

- Anna Mello

York College, CUNY

“The AirBeam increases visibility of what's invisible.”

- Dawn Roberts-Semple

University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Know what you are exposed to, it will literally save your life!”

- Ruzmyn Vilcassim

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