Environment Minister in the federal state government, Franz Untersteller MdL, visited us

At the end of 2016, Palas® with its Fidas® 200 fine dust measuring devices won a tender from the State Office for the Environment, Measurement and Nature Conservation of the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg (LUBW) for 40 environmental monitoring stations. The first 20 measuring devices have already been delivered to the LUBW, and the measuring stations in Baden-Wuerttemberg have been converted since February 2017. On Wednesday 19.4.2017 Palas®, (today a staff of 49), received a visit from Franz Untersteller MdL, Minister for Environment, Climate and Energy in the Baden-Wuerttemberg federal state government.

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Fidas® fine dust measuring station at Stuttgart Neckartor

During his visit, Minister Untersteller stressed the enormous importance of reliable measurement data. Ever since the LUBW published the fine dust data in Stuttgart on the Internet, there has been a very strong response in the population to call up this data. There was also growing pressure on the federal state from the European Union to publish environmental measurement data, he explained. After a brief introduction to the company and its range of products, Minister Untersteller took a tour through Production and Quality Assurance to find out more about Palas®.

f.l.: Alexander Salomon, Mdl, Palas® managing director Dr.-Ing. Maximilian Weiss, Minister Franz Untersteller and Palas® managing director Leander Mölter

The Fidas® 200 is the world's only optical fine dust measurement system for simultaneous measurement of the fine dust fractions PM2.5 and PM10 which is certified by TÜV Rheinland and approved by the German Environment Agency (UBA) for official measurements. This certification, which is valid throughout Europe, was issued to Palas® for all three versions of the system. The three versions of the Fidas® 200 series also received comparable certification in Great Britain (MCERTS continuous ambient), which issues its own regulations for testing fine dust measurement systems. Over 550 devices have already been sold since the introduction of the Fidas® system in 2012, making this technically leading solution for fine dust determination Palas®'s most successful product since its foundation in 1983.

The health-related burdens due to fine dust range from irritations of the mucous membranes, local inflammation in the respiratory organs, through to an increased risk for heart and circulatory diseases. It is therefore becoming increasingly important for cities and local authorities to concentrate on reducing fine dust and adhere to guidelines, such as the Europe-wide limit of 50 µg/m³ (PM10), as the daily upper limit that must not be exceeded more often than 35 times per year. In the future, the focus will increasingly be on smaller particles, as measured with the PM2.5 value.

An essential advantage of the Fidas® fine dust measuring devices is that they detect burdens as soon as they arise, whereas other methods may under certain circumstance only provide results after days of delay. This enables early detection and rapid warning of environmental hazards in networked systems. As health hazards not only come from the average exposure, but may also arise from brief top values, fast availability of measurement results allows peak loads to be reliably detected. With data availability exceeding 99 %, the measuring devices have an extremely low probability of failure and therefore enhance the environmental safety of the areas monitored with Fidas®. The Fidas® devices also demonstrate a far lower measurement uncertainty than would be permitted according to the standards. The minimal maintenance requirements and very low energy consumption also make the measuring devices particularly cost-effective to operate.

Measurement in the environment and in indoor areas
The certified devices from the Fidas® 200 series were developed for environmental monitoring in networks, for air pollution measurements, long-term studies, identification of emission sources or propagation studies, for example in the case of volcanic eruptions or major fires. The system is successfully deployed in national measurement networks, in urban centres, as well as on coasts, in mountains, in the Arctic and in desert regions.

Mobile fine dust monitoring device Fidas® Frog

In many cases, the fine dust burden in indoor areas is even higher than in the environment. Just the same high demands are therefore placed on measurement technology here as for environmental measurements. With Fidas® Frog Palas® has developed a light and compact portable handheld unit with battery power for measurement of fine dust burden in indoor areas, which can be operated easily and intuitively via the tablet PC supplied or the user's PC.

Here you will find further information on our fine dust monitoring devices