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How can I make my outdoor Node/Pro’s data public?

You can share your Node/Pro’s data with the community so that it appears on AirVisual global air pollution map:
This data will be available for anyone to access through the AirVisual air quality app and free air quality API.

Become an outdoor data contributor by broadcasting your Node’s outdoor data, with the following simple steps:

1. Choose your location

The Node/Pro is designed to perform excellently in outdoor environments, however the following must be taken into consideration:

+ Access to electrical outlet and a Wi-Fi connection.

For sustained readings you will need a power supply and internet connection. *Important*: we recommend using an indoor and/or fully covered power outlet, to ensure complete protection from weather conditions.

+ Sheltered from weather conditions such as rain, wind, direct sunlight.

You might consider existing building structures such as a porch, covered balcony, or overhanging roof – these have proven loyal allies to many people’s outdoor Node/Pros already.

+ Good airflow – this is important!

The Node/Pro takes its readings by passing air through its central sensor. Airflow is maintained via the Node/Pro’s internal fan, but you will still need to ensure the air can get in easily. Make sure either the top or bottom of the Node/Pro’s central tunnel is completely unobstructed (or better, both!), and that air can freely flow around the device as well.

+ No higher than 10 meters

The most representative readings are close to where people are breathing (ie, not up in the sky).

+ Away from polluting sources

Cars, outdoor BBQs, chimneys and kitchens are all highly localized sources of air pollution that might affect the ambient air quality reading of the Node/Pro.

2. Add the Node/Pro to your AirVisual profile

You can add your Node/Pro to your profile either through the AirVisual website or mobile app.

Webpage: click your profile’s drop-down menu and choose ‘Add a Node/Pro’.

App: select the ‘+’ menu in the top left corner of the app, then ‘Add a new Node/Pro’.

3. Submit your Node/Pro’s information online

From your profile’s drop-down menu on the AirVisual website, follow:

>’My Nodes/Pros’

> select your Node/Pro

> click the ‘Settings’ symbol on the right

> select ‘Location’ tab

> ‘Node/Pro as a Public Station’.

Here, give your station its name as it will be seen on the map (including a relevant geographical name, although you may want to add a personal touch, e.g. your business name, if installed by a business), its GPS coordinates, the city, state and country.

*Note on GPS co-ordinates: a link is provided to help you determine this. When supplying these, please consider your own privacy and safety. In certain countries, we usually recommend applying 100 meters deviation.

> Submit!

Once received, we will then validate your Node/Pro’s readings for 2 weeks, before publishing it online.

4. Validate location

From your profile’s drop-down menu on the AirVisual website, follow:

To confirm that your Node/Pro’s location meets the criteria for reliable readings, please send us photos of your installation.

Send several from 1 meter with different angles and a picture 10 meters away for us to see the environment. These will not be public, they are purely used to validate the installation. Also please confirm that you don’t have any exhaust or smoke in the Node/Pro’s vicinity such as: cooking, heating stove, BBQ, people smoking, etc.

Once this information is received, our system will analyze your readings for 1-2 weeks before publishing your Node’s data as an outdoor station. Then, everyone in the world will be able to see your location’s pollution level. If the system finds any issues, we will come back to you with more instructions.

5. Congratulations! You have moved your community a step closer to beating local pollution.

Now your neighbours and global air quality data enthusiasts can draw valuable conclusions and preventative actions from the state of your community’s air.

Important note: this feature of sharing outdoor data to the public is currently NOT available in mainland China due to regulatory reasons preventing the publication of non-governmental outdoor air pollution data. We’re working with some very smart and understanding people in the Chinese ministry of environment and we hope to get an authorization from the government to make this feature available in the mid-term future.

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