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AirGuard smoke detector can tell if your ‘cigarette’ has weed in it – and will grass on you if it does

The AirGuard smoke detector can differentiate between different types of smoke – and sent automatic alerts via Wi-Fi to an administrator

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  • 17:33, 3 NOV 2014
  • Updated 18:17, 3 NOV 2014

AirGuard is a sophisticated smoke detector that can differentiate between the smoke created by regular cigarettes and that created by spliffs.

That’s right, the alarm can tell if you’re smoking marijuana and – depending on where it’s been installed – it can also alert the authorities.

There are two versions of the smoke detector – one that just plugs into a power outlet in the wall and another ‘wearable’ version that can be held in the palm of the hand – and is likely to appeal to overbearing parents across the land.

AirGuard has been developed by a company called FreshAir Sensors which was founded on the research of a chemistry professor from Dartmouth University, called Joe DelBruno.

AirGuard features a pair of polymer films that can tell if someone is smoking tobacco or cannabis. When smoke is detected, the device will send a Wi-Fi alert to a central system, which can then forward that information to an administrator.

The target market for AirGuard is initially hotels, where people often try to smoke in non-smoking rooms.

“There are concerns about people smoking in hotel rooms and there is also a surprising amount of interest from places like public housing, condo associations, dorms, nursing homes, and jails,” said FreshAir CEO Jack O’Toole.

“Our device will allow users to monitor unobserved areas and ensure these spaces are not being smoked in. It sends a signal over Wi-Fi that immediately alerts facility managers to someone smoking in a prohibited area.”

AirGuard is due for release in spring 2015.

The AirGuard smoke detector can differentiate between different types of smoke – and sent automatic alerts via Wi-Fi to an administrator

Detecting tobacco and marijuana
smoking in hotels and apartments

24×7 monitoring. Immediate detection. Cleaner rooms.

Detecting tobacco and
marijuana smoking
in hotels
and apartments

24×7 monitoring.
Immediate detection.
Cleaner rooms.

FreshAir Sensor’s Plug-In Smoking Detection Device

Protect your no-smoking areas and maintain cleaner rooms

Proven Sensor Technology

Widely deployed in hotels, apartments, and other professionally managed properties, FreshAir’s devices with patented PolySens® technology detect and prove smoking in unauthorized areas

Innovative

Unlike typical smoke detectors which use light or radiation to detect general particles (dust, smoke, steam, etc.), our sensors are the only technology to detect specific molecules in tobacco smoke and marijuana smoke

Easy to Install and Tamper Proof

Designed to protect your no-smoking areas and prevent typical efforts to defeat detection, FreshAir detection devices plug into standard Type B outlets and are secured with tamper-proof screws

Wi-Fi Enabled

FreshAir’s detection devices connect to your building’s Wi-Fi to communicate 24/7 with FreshAir’s monitoring platform

Immediate Alerts

When smoking is detected in a monitored space, FreshAir sends an immediate alert via email, computer desktop, and/or mobile phone push notification to users on your account

Scientific Proof

Smoking alerts come with timestamped reports of the incident in the monitored space, providing the scientific proof you need to enforce your no-smoking policies

Mobile App

FreshAir’s Mobile App and online portal allow your team to access alert history, stay updated on device information, and log additional evidence of smoking to be archived in alert history (notes, photos, etc.)

Cleaner Rooms

24×7 monitoring and immediate detection enable consistent policy enforcement and timely staff response to reduce smoking and maintain cleaner, healthier, safer rooms

Helping Hotels and Apartments Enforce No-Smoking Policies

Improve profitability and customer satisfaction with cleaner rooms

Operating a Cleaner, Healthier, and Safer Environment for Your Guests and Residents

Your customers overwhelmingly prefer a smoke-free environment

Typical Savings for Hotels and Apartments

Save money on cleaning and avoid lost revenue due to smoking damages

Additional Revenue

Increased occupancy due to being certified smoke-free
78% of renters would choose a smoke-free building. 43% would pay more for it.

Additional Revenue

Increased occupancy due to being certified smoke-free
87% of customers would prefer a smoke-free facility. 43% would pay more for it.

Reduce Smoking While Increasing Revenue

Collect cleaning fees, win credit card chargebacks, and avoid court cases

What Our Clients Say

“We love having the reassurance of the FreshAir devices and alerts, knowing that the provided graph [showing smoking] tells exactly what time the smoking incident occurred. Our staff is more confident in enforcing the no-smoking policy.”

General Manager
Best Western Rama Inn
Ephrata, WA

“Our maintenance can now easily identify which rooms need to be addressed, instead of running around and guessing which rooms the smoking is in… [FreshAir] figures it out for us.”

Assistant General Manager
Red Roof Plus Phoenix Airport
Pheonix, AZ

“Our two largest issues when tenants smoke are the odor and the cleaning of apartments once they’re empty. This costs us the most money. Either somebody moves out because a neighbor is smoking, or it’s the rehab of the apartment which is thousands of dollars. With [FreshAir] though, I know exactly when and where the smoking is occurring, with evidence. We can avoid these costs.”

Sheri Graham, Executive Director
Bessemer and Wakefield Housing Commissions
Gogebic County, MI

“We used to get large groups of people staying at our hotel to party. The smell from their smoking was disruptive to other guests, and we’d have to spend significantly more time cleaning and airing out these rooms. Since working with FreshAir, we no longer face this problem.”

Wayne Peacock, General Manager
Satellite Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO

“[Before we had FreshAir] there was no guarantee that if we needed to go to court for an eviction for smoking it would be upheld and honored, because it’s difficult to get proof of smoking. FreshAir gives us that proof.”

Kristin Martin, Former Dir. of Property Management
Saco Falls Management
Southern ME and NH Seacoast

“The use of FreshAir Sensor’s technology has allowed us to create a cleaner and more pleasant atmosphere for our guests, while adding revenue for our hotel operation. We now feel closer to being able to ‘certify’ or guarantee a non-smoking experience for our hotel guests… Our Market Metric scores have gone up, because our complaints have gone down.”

Director of Hotel Facilities
Casino Hotel
Detroit, MI

What Our Clients Say

“The use of FreshAir Sensor’s technology has allowed us to create a cleaner and more pleasant atmosphere for our guests, while adding revenue for our hotel operation. We now feel closer to being able to ‘certify’ or guarantee a non-smoking experience for our hotel guests… Our Market Metric scores have gone up, because our complaints have gone down.”

Director of Hotel Facilities
Casino Hotel
Detroit, MI

Protect No-Smoking Areas in Hotels and Apartments

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