Global Air Quality Monitoring Software Market - 2022-2029
The global air quality monitoring software market size was worth US$ XX million in 2021 and is estimated to reach US$ XX million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
Air quality is the measurement of the cleanliness or pollution of air in a certain environment. Air quality monitoring is important since human health outcomes directly depend upon air quality. Air quality is measured with the help of the air quality index (AQI). The AQI tracks five major pollutants: ozone, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter. The air quality index is measured from 0 to 500, with 0 being the cleanest and 500 being the most polluted.
Air quality monitoring software is used for logging data from a network of measurement sensors, interpreting the data, and report the results. Advanced versions of the software can also calibrate and configure various sensors remotely and monitor sensor health. Artificial intelligence (AI) is being adopted in air quality monitoring software to interpret and predict data patterns. The use of air quality monitoring software has increased with rising air pollution in major urban areas globally.
The deteriorating air quality mainly drives the demand for monitoring software in global urban areas. The operational drawbacks of air quality monitoring software are a key factor in limiting the growth of this market.
Deteriorating air quality in global urban areas
Beginning in the 1990s, major western corporations sought to lower manufacturing costs and increase margins by shifting production overseas, taking advantage of cheap labor. Over the last two decades, the world has experienced rapid industrialization and urbanization, leading to strong economic growth. A lot of the economic growth has been concentrated in emerging markets, particularly Asia-Pacific.
The haphazard industrialization has led to various ecological problems. A rapid deterioration in urban air quality is one of the major problems caused by various underlying factors. Rising disposable incomes have created a growing demand for consumer goods, mainly automotive vehicles such as cars and bikes. Vehicular emission is a direct contributor to air pollution. Dust from construction and infrastructure development activities is another major contributor to air pollution. Burning of crop residue and coal use for fuel and heating are other major factors leading to a rise in particulate emissions, thereby causing a deterioration in air quality.
Poor air quality is linked to various chronic and acute ailments. Emphysema, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis are some of the major ailments linked to air pollution. A high concentration of air pollution is also linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease in later life. Health experts fear a long-term public health crisis due to the consistently poor urban air quality, and hence, monitoring of air quality has increased. The deteriorating global urban air quality is a key driver for the growth of the global air quality monitoring software market.
Operational drawbacks of air quality monitoring software
Air quality monitoring software has numerous distinct advantages; data collation and logging from various sensors, comparation with legacy data and instant interpretation of real-time air quality data. The software is a key component of the air quality monitoring system. However, there are certain operational drawbacks to the software.
Air quality monitoring software is wholly dependent on sensors for data collection, and therefore, its accuracy depends upon the sensitivity and accuracy of the sensors. The software cannot detect minute errors in data collection or minor problems with sensors. Anything short of complete failure is undetectable by the software and can lead to data interpretation and problems.
A lack of interoperability is another major drawback for air quality monitoring software. Many companies provide the software and hardware as a complete package, and the software cannot work with other third-party sensors. Cheap or free open-source air quality monitoring software does not work with major companies' proprietary hardware. The factors mentioned above limit the adoption of air quality monitoring software and are a key challenge to the market's growth.
COVID-19 impact analysis
The global air quality monitoring software market experienced uneven impacts in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the market was unaffected even after the imposition of lockdowns and other movement restrictions by governments since software installation and upgradation could be carried out remotely. However, research and development activities had to be restricted for much of the pandemic.
The demand for air quality monitoring software increased significantly as the pandemic progressed and the caseload increased. Health experts were worried that respiratory ailments triggered by air pollution could increase comorbidities for COVID-19 infection. Research institutes also studied the effects of lockdowns and movement restrictions on air quality since most vehicular traffic was shut down and caused a drastic reduction in vehicular emissions.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been mild on the air quality monitoring software market. The pandemic will not impact the long-term growth of the global air quality monitoring software market since fixing the various issues causing air pollution and poor air quality requires long-term solutions and plans. The demand for air quality monitoring software remains strong and is expected to grow gradually in the coming years.
The global air quality monitoring software market is segmented into application, end-user, and region. The air quality monitoring software market is further segmented into indoor and outdoor applications based on application. Outdoor application is leading in this segmentation since it is the most widely adopted air quality monitoring software application. Governmental monitoring systems and research institutes install air quality sensors at various key locations within an urban area.
It collates and integrates real-time data during different times of the data. The software processes the data and presents results about the air quality. Private individuals mainly use indoor applications for personal use. As awareness about air quality increases, the adoption of indoor application of monitoring software has increased; however, it represents a fraction of the total demand for outdoor applications.
Asia-Pacific is leading in the global air quality monitoring software market. The region accounts for the largest market share due to the great demand for air quality monitoring equipment and the software generated by countries from this region. According to the air quality tracker IQAir, out of the 100 most polluted cities globally, 94 are in Asia-Pacific. With 46 and 42 cities, India and China are leading within the Asia-Pacific.
Years of haphazard and fast-paced industrialization, massive commercial development of cities and almost perennial construction work have resulted in rapid deterioration in the air quality in many urban areas within the Asia-Pacific region. The rising population and ever-increasing motor vehicle emissions are a key part of the problem of air pollution. However, most cities have unique traits that have resulted in poor air quality. Cities in northern and interior parts of China and Central Asia, such as Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, use coal for heating during the winter season.
Coal is a cheap and easily available fuel, whereas natural gas is expensive, and the infrastructure for gas transportation is not well developed. The particulate matter released due to coal combustion is trapped by the cold winter air, which settles at a lower altitude as it is denser. It leads to the creation of smog and results in extremely poor air quality.
In cities such as Lahore and Delhi in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, the air quality deteriorates mainly due to the large-scale burning of crop residue during winter crop rotation. It causes massive smog that contributes to poor air quality in many northern Indian cities. No easy fixes are available for poor urban air quality, and long-term solutions are required. Asia-Pacific is expected to retain the largest share in the global air quality monitoring software market.
The global air quality monitoring software market is competitive due to various air quality monitoring software that monitors various parameters such as particulate matter, noxious emissions and vehicular emissions. Some of the players contributing to the market's growth are Kisters AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Aeroqual, HORIBA, Ltd., Teledyne Technologies Incorporated., Opsis AB, Acoem UK, Lakes Environmental Software, LumaSense Technologies A/S, Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd. The major market players adopt several growth strategies such as new product launches, technological innovation and collaborations, contributing to the growth of the global market.
Overview: Kisters AG is a mid-sized engineering company that develops software solutions for environmental management programs such as environmental monitoring, energy conservation, water conservation, air monitoring, safety systems, logistics and 3D printing. The company also manufactures hardware such as 3D printers for various industrial engineering applications. The company employs 750 people and operates various international subsidiaries in all the world's major regions. The company's main clients are mainly governmental bodies and research institutes. Kisters AG was founded in 1963 by German engineer Heinz Kisters and is headquartered in Aachen, Germany.
DataSphere is the company's environmental monitoring software under the HypoQuest Solutions brand. It is an integrated data logging software for meteorological monitoring. It collates data from various sensors for air quality, wind speed, ambient temperature and moisture. DataSphere can be integrated with third-party open data systems to compare legacy data. The software also allows webcam access for monitoring sensors.
In early 2022, Kisters AG announced the unveiling of a new generation of sensors and data loggers for DataSphere software. The new range of sensors is optimized for data collection through Internet of Things (IoT) technology and cloud function for wireless data uploading to a server.
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Target Audience 2022
Air quality monitoring software manufacturers
Government and private research institutes
Meteorological monitoring companies
Air quality monitoring instrument manufacturers
Industry Investors/Investment Bankers
Education & Research Institutes
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