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Boston, MA – August 19, 2021 – The Particles Plus® Ambient Air Monitor Model EM-10000 and the Particles Plus® 7301 Remote Particle Counter were used by universities across Asia and in the United Kingdom for a study of the usefulness of the global standard for PM 2.5 in measuring air quality.

According to a 2016 study published in Environmental Health, implementing the US air quality standard for PM2.5 worldwide can prevent millions of premature deaths per year1, but doubts have arisen as to whether the PM 2.5 standard is in fact accurate, and it is believed that a more accurate standard could help implement measures to prevent even more deaths.

Universities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and North Umbria in the UK placed the Ambient Air Monitor Model EM-10000 outdoors and the 7301 Remote Particle Counter indoors and and measured particulates in the air.

Both monitors are capable of measuring from 0.3 (300 nm) to 25 µm, and the study was done to investigate the accepted standard that a measurement of particulates at PM 2.5 will accurately reflect the distribution of smaller particle sizes which tend to be even more harmful to human health.

It is the belief of Particles Plus co-founder and CTO David Pariseau that particle dispersion is not linear and PM 2.5 is not a definitive data point for determining air quality, particularly as pertains to smaller and more harmful particles. Relatively affordable instruments existing before the introduction of the Ambient Air Monitor Model EM-10000 and the 7301 Remote Particle Counter have not accurately been able to determine distribution of these smaller particles.

The use of the Ambient Air Monitor Model EM-10000 and the 7301 Remote Particle Counter will for the first time allow scientists to use financially accessible instruments to accurately measure smaller particles and provide the ability to create a more definitive global standard to aid in the fight for cleaner air and a more healthy environment on our planet.

A University in the United Kingdom is currently analyzing all the data collected, and results are expected shortly.

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