Small Footprint, Low-Power, CO2 Sensors for Safety

GSS CO2 Sensors in Safety Applications


GSS Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sensors to Ensure Gas Detection Safety 

While many industry leaders alike may be aware of the importance of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) monitoring in terms of overall well-being, there is a huge demand for CO2 sensing technologies when it comes to ensuring safety and compliance.

Whether you are looking for a gas sensor or detector to monitor concentrations within your industry there is nothing more ideal than a sensor that is fast, accurate, low powered, and can easily integrate into harsh rugged environments.

Because not all carbon dioxide sensors are created equally, these features may be hard to come by. A sensor that is ideal for measuring indoor air quality for example, will not work to measure concentrations used in incubation or beverage dispensing. Further shining light on the importance in selecting the proper sensing technology.

Meet the ExplorIR®-M CO2 Sensor.

ExplorIR®-M 100% CO2 Sensor

At the heart of any gas detector is a sensor which monitors and repeatedly measures the gas concentrations to indicate higher than normal levels and ensure safety for those working in and around hazardous gases. The ExplorIR®-M is no stranger to the safety industry providing customers with a compact, robust, and easily integrated solution across multiple gas monitoring systems. This sensor is one of our most popular solutions and is commonly used in battery-powered applications or fully autonomous operation. 

In discussing the ExplorIR® CO2 Sensor series, one should note that there are different variations available for the end users’ needs and requirements.

  • ExplorIR®-M an incredibly low-power and vibration resistant performer, measuring up to 100% carbon dioxide specific for industrial, scientific, engineering, safety, or OEM applications.
  • ExplorIR®-W – a high performance, low power CO2 sensor which measures up to 60% CO2 concentrations, suitable for measuring in closed-loop sampling applications or integrated into portable sampling instruments.

The ExplorIR® CO2 sensors are ideal for a variety of safety industries and applications, all standing by the sensor technologies for reliability, accuracy and easy integration.

The overall capabilities of the ExplorIR® range have resulted in large advancements and innovation, displayed in a vast majority of applications throughout the world.

How to Measure CO2 in Safety Applications?

Understanding the importance of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in applications such as restaurants, beverage dispensing, agriculture, and healthcare is the first step; yet controlling the amount of CO2 that can be added can be done by several methods. The most popular method is by utilizing cost-effective gas sensor technologies – specifically designed to monitor, CO2.

By utilizing carbon dioxide sensing solutions at the heart of a device or detector, individuals can have peace of mind and ensure that they are continually receiving ample measurements to indicate if a specific indoor environment has exceeded safety thresholds and if it is suitable for occupants, patrons, and employees.

Take for instance the restaurant and beverage industry, the ExplorIR-M has long been a sensor that is incorporated in many CO2Meter devices due to its high accuracy, low-power, and fast response in measurement detection.

The restaurant and beverage industry heavily relies on carbon dioxide safety and the ability to detect potential CO2 leaks which if not monitored, could result in fatalities and severe negative health effects for those that come in contact with higher than normal concentrations. 

GSS ExplorIR®-M CO2 Sensor

In addition, another application which heavily relies on the ExplorIR®-W range is industrial safety industries. At CO2Meter, we constantly receive inquibration environments it poses an ideal solution for those looking to monitor in high humidity and industrial spaces.

How does a Carbon Dioxide (CO2) sensor work?

The overall measurement of the CO2 levels has most commonly been based on nondispersive infrared technologies and is determined using the Beer-Lambert law. This law states that the loss of light intensity when it propagates in a medium is directly proportional to intensity and path length. CO2 molecules absorb in the mid-range infrared – between 4.2 to 4.4.

Light is emitted from the LED and then directly passes through the sensor, reflecting off the optic found internally. Some light is absorbed depending on the level of CO2 present. The remaining light then reaches a photodiode at the opposite end of the chamber and is converted into an electrical current. This output is then interpreted to give an accurate CO2 measurement reading. This whole process is referred to as Non-dispersive Infrared (NDIR) technology.

History of CO2Meter and Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS)

As a global leader in solid-state Non-Dispersive Infra-Red (NDIR) LED-based gas sensors, Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) continues to provide innovative products to the world’s leading OEMs. Established in 2006, GSS has a wide range of solid-state NDIR CO2 gas sensors suitable for a variety of applications including horticulture, healthcare, industrial processes, vertical farming, and composting.

CO2Meter and GSS have long forged a strong relationship due to both companies stance within the gas detection community and trusted brands  CO2Meter continues to also integrated GSS CO2 sensors within their products to ensure robust, low power, and best-in-class technologies which are integrated into many applications and use cases.

Some of our most fascinating customer insights stem from aerospace projects, healthcare university research, medical advances, and even large-scale vertical farming. By using the GSS sensing technologies, their solid-state design makes an ideal solution particularly for individuals who need to monitor CO2, while gaining quick and precise response times.

Not only are the CO2 sensors more cost-effective, they are far more accurate and user friendly allowing some technologists to even create their own devices in the field by using the Gas Sensing Solutions CO2 sensors as the main component.

The most impressive features from Gas Sensing Solutions technologies are durability, accuracy, power consumption, and ease of use. Furthermore, making the sensors perfect and even more so sought after in custom safety industry research and development. By combining intelligent sensing with accurate control and ease of integration, customers nationwide can ensure protection and reliability for their establishment, employees, and overall well-being.

The future of gas sensing will only continue to provide individuals with completely new user experiences, even more compact modules, with higher speed capacities to continue to exceed expectations and advances for years to come. 

About GSS

Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) is a UK-based business specializing in CO2 sensing. Their in-house engineering and technical teams have many years’ experience in solid-state carbon dioxide gas sensor development. The team at GSS has been leading CO2 sensing technology within the global market for over a decade – understanding CO2 monitoring inside and out. In almost every application and customer use case, the GSS team has already delivered a specific, catered solution. If you’re looking to do something a bit special, the GSS team can easily adapt an existing product, or work with customers to develop a complete custom solution.

Visit the GSS website to learn more about their technology here.

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