Frequently Asked Question

What is a VOC?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are air pollutants that are harmful to humans and animals. These invisible gases cause smog, deteriorate living and workplace environments, threaten underground water reservoirs, and can cause devastating illnesses. Some examples of VOCs are benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, and formaldehyde.

What is the technology behind Omniscent?

Omniscent is using MEMS technology to build an autonomous VOC analyzer with multiple gas detection, real-time measurements, laboratory quality results at a fraction of the cost of a standard laboratory GC system with similar capabilities.

How can this sensor system make my indoor and outdoor environment safer?

The Omni-2100 can detect VOCs in real-time and provide timely actionable insights. The table below identifies the specific VOC, its impact and source.

How does VOCs impact environment ?
It is well established that VOCs are caused formation of ground level smog and serious threat to underground water sources.

Benzene CarcinogenCoal/oil burning, Refineries , gas station, vehicle exhaust, cigarette smoke
TolueneCNS (central nervous system) dysfunction and narcosisPainting, printing, cigarette smoke, household products
CNS, respiratory, cardiovascular, and kidney effectsFugitive emissions from industrial sources and auto exhaust
MesityleneToxic by inhalationFuel additives, Intermediates, paint/coatings additives

Depending on type of company the source of VOC are different. For example, in a paint manufacturing facility the source of VOC is toluene. In a refinery there could be fugitive emission of VOC’s due to pump or equipment failure.

Why should Omni-2100 be installed in autonomous vehicles?

The operator of autonomous vehicles like to monitor the cabin air quality in order to provide a safe passenger environment. Since there is no driver in the car, passengers could be subject to leftover fumes from cigarette smoke, animal feces, and many other substances. The ability to simultaneously detect multiple VOCs makes the Omni-2100 a perfect sensor for use in autonomous vehicles to ensure passenger safety.