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We’re one of the main groups really using IoT sensors for science and improving them from the engineering side to make them usable for other scientific pursuits.
David Hagan
Software Engineer and Physics PhD Candidate


Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Kohala Center have partnered up to create the Hawai’i Island Vog Network - a dense network of Electron-powered sensors that provide realtime measurements of hazardous fumes like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter in Hawaii. The network collects data using low-powered sensors that are stationed near eruption zones and are connected to the Internet with Particle’s Electron.


  • Scientists at MIT and the Kohala Center have deployed these Particle-powered “vog-trackers” around 40 sites in Hawaii, with plans to expand to more sites in the future.
  • With the Particle's Electron low-cost connectivity, scientists at MIT and the Kohala Center can track data 24/7 without the worry of interrupted service.
  • These low-powered sensors only cost $1,000 each, while EPA air quality stations typically costs $100,000 to setup.


With Particle, these researchers at MIT and the Kohala Center are providing reliable real time information on air pollutants in Hawaii and megacities. Not only are the devices cheaper to deploy and easy-to-use, they are increasing the accessibility of data for those who need it.

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About MIT Tata Center

The MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design trains and supports MIT researchers working to solve challenges facing communities around the world.

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