According to the World Health Organization, indoor air quality is up to five times worse than outdoor air quality.
Vitesy, an Italian startup, is on a mission to fix that problem. Their IoT enabled air purifiers augment the natural purifying power of plants with an innovative filtration system to eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxins from the air.
Magnifying Plant Power
Through a natural process called phytoremediation, plants can be used to clean up contaminants in soils, water, or air. Housed in the base of a potted plant, Vitesy's filtration system amplifies this natural power to eliminate 93 percent of VOCs and 99 percent of bacteria, viruses, particulate, and odors from indoor air.
Vitesy’s newest product, Natede, is equipped with a washable photocatalytic filter covered with titanium dioxide. When light strikes the titanium dioxide on the filter, it activates a chemical process that decomposes organic matter such as VOCs, viruses, odors, and bacteria at the molecular level.
The Natede app displays information on temperature, humidity, pollutants (VOCs), fine particulates (PM2.5), and carbon monoxide (CO), and alerts customers when air quality worsens rapidly. Natede can also connect and interact with other smart home devices. Sensors inside Natede’s air filtration system continuously monitor the room’s air quality, and users can access that data through a smartphone app and Wi-Fi connection.
Because WiFi-based IoT connectivity is an essential piece of Vitesy’s value proposition, the company had particular requirements in its search for a solution.
Customers can use the app to control their air purifier remotely—for example, they can turn it on to clean the air before they arrive home from work, or program it to run during certain hours of the day or night.
Vitesy caters to markets in both Europe and the United States, so they looked for a connectivity module that could support regional network standards and communication protocols for embedded solutions around the world, including UART, SPI, 12C, and SDIO.
“That interoperability is really important to us, it means we can manufacture a single product that will perform well for our customers, no matter where they live.”
Chief Technology Officer, Vitesy
Choosing the Right Partners
To achieve their goals, Vitesy wanted technology partners who could support their needs for dependable connectivity, worldwide interoperability, and effective sensor hardware. They brought on 221e, an Italian company that designs low-power IoT sensors, to develop their embedded technology unit.
To support Wi-Fi connectivity, Vitesy selected Telit’s GS2200MIZ module. The GS2200M modules are tiny and mighty—ultra-low power, ultra-secure, and ultra-compact, and created to simplify the integration of Wi-Fi connectivity into product designs.
"This module has all the functions we needed to build the most advanced natural air purifier on the market, we're thrilled with the results."
Marco Santonocito – Chief Technology Officer, Vitesy
Integrating with AWS
Vitesy is building its software on Amazon Web Services using a serverless architecture that allows them to be more scalable, flexible, and quick to market. Because its products are AWS integrated, customers have the ability to connect and control their air purifiers using other smart home devices like Amazon Alexa.
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