Review: Atmocube Air Quality Monitor by ATMO

The need for indoor air quality monitoring solutions hasn’t stopped increasing due to two main factors. The market is constantly demanding tailored solutions to meet Green Building standards and, of course, Covid19. Many have bought cheap and generic indoor AQ monitors from big retail stores, but after a while, they realized that their money went down the drain as there is nothing they can do with the data they obtained for two reasons. The AQ monitors didn’t keep the measurements or the accuracy of the data was poor.

Here comes Atmocube, a new indoor air quality monitor designed entirely to meet occupants’ requirements for indoor air quality. The design language is modern and functional. I underlined functional because you don’t need to be an expert to understand what is wrong with the IAQ and which specific parameter you need to address, I will explain more about it in a minute. Finally, the monitor is full of superb sensors, nine to be exact.

Specifications for the Default Configuration

  • Sensors
    1. CO2 Sensor
    2. PM1, PM2.5, PM10 Sensor
    3. TVOC Sensor
    4. Formaldehyde Sensor
    5. Temperature Sensor
    6. Relative Humidity Sensor
    7. Atmospheric Pressure Sensor
    8. Ambient Light Intensity Sensor
    9. Background Noise Level Sensor
  • RGB LED panel
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB-A
  • USB-C 5V at 2A
  • RS-485
  • On-Device Storage

Atmocube has some unique features that can speed up the process of deployment when a building requires lots of monitors, like in an office building or a school. The Bluetooth interface is there to help the engineers set up faster the monitors with a mobile phone or tablet. An alternative method is to use a simple USB-A flash drive that contains the credentials (passwords and SSID names) to connect the device to the local WiFi network. Interestingly, inside the configuration file inside the USB flash drive you can also include parameters about the LED indicators, enable or disable security features, and more. This is advanced setup method for those who needs to change these settings. Just pure genius because imagine having to set up +100 units one by one.

Some companies don’t want the AQMs connected to the main WiFi network (for security reasons), for this reason, the monitor supports other interfaces like POE, LTE, NB-IoT, Lora, and HVAC direct wiring, but you have to request them.

The front tile with the ATMO logo is customizable, which means you can remove it and replace it with a different tile that has the logo of the company that deploys it or anything you can imagine.

I love the On-Device Storage, I think it really can save the day when WiFi communication goes bad. The device can store up to one week (measurements in one-minute intervals) for all nine parameters.

Here is a comparison between the Atmocube and a RESET certified AQM from a competitor. These are the CO2 concentrations from both monitors. To access the comparison data for all sensors, make sure to subscribe.

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App & Dashboard

The device comes with two separate free apps. One (Atmocube Business.app) for the deployment team which will only help you set up the monitor to the network and another one (Atmocube: Indoor Air Quality.app) for the occupants of the building that want to read the measurements.

The dashboard is simple and features all the necessary tools a building manager needs to understand and manage indoor air quality. Histograms and alerts are the most basic. Moreover, the dashboard allows users to upload building schematics with floors and organize the monitors effortlessly.

We can see from the screenshot below that there is an ability to read all measurements in real-time, even absolute humidity, just by hovering over the monitor.

Finally, the dashboard offers light/dark mode for those who prefer to work with a light user interface or those like myself who prefer dark mode. Last but not least, administrators can personalize the dashboard with their logo and name.

My Experience

My favorite feature of the device is the RGB LED panel which indicates the environmental and air quality parameters. With a simple glance, you can spot the parameter that you need to adjust. For example, if CO2 indoors is too high the specific tile on the panel will turn yellow or red depending on the concentration, and immediately you can fix your indoor air quality.

The setup process is very easy, especially with the USB flash drive. Just visit the config site type the WiFi credentials, your personal threshold for the LEDs per parameter, and you are ready to deploy as many units as you wish. However, I wish there were a clear statement from the beginning of the documentation that there are two separate mobile apps.

Hardware-wise, I see that ATMO has designed and offers a solid solution, and I can’t wait to see future improvements of the Atmocube users app as I miss the histograms on my mobile app, personally.

Conclusion

All in all, Atmocube has done a great job in developing an Indoor AQ monitor with all the essential tools to make it a big success. The basic configuration supports many common protocols like MQTT, Modbus RTU, and Modbus TCP, but it has many upgradeable options, including BACnet IP, backup battery, PoE, Occupancy sensor, O3, CO sensors, and many more thanks to the dual modularity (internally and externally).

7 thoughts on “Review: Atmocube Air Quality Monitor by ATMO

  1. I forgot to ask, sorry, did the developers tell you what the price of the Atmocube will be? And the sensors upgrades? When will it be available? The AtmoTube Pro is too often sold out, so will we have problems in ordering this AQ Monitor too? Thanks again!

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    • Hi Andrea, thanks for your message. There is some availability for the basic configuration of the device. They are highly configurable so you may need to contact them for the exact price. Prices range from $180 to $550 depending on the sensors and pricing model as there are two. The direct purchase and subscription model.

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  2. Thanks a lot Sotirios for your reply. Did you get also my other comment, I posted it before the one above, but I can’t see it. I tried to upload it twice but it’s still not there.

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  3. Thanks Sotirios for the review of yet another AQ Monitor. So many are coming out, but which ones are really useful to us?

    Question, the AtmoTube Pro from the same company still uses outdated AQ safety levels, i.e. it still indicates that the air is clean between 0-14 μg/m3. Clearly the developers have not updated the software to consider the new WHO recommendations for AQ, which have halved the safety level at 5 μg/m3 from 10 that it was until last September. Not only AtmoTube, but many other monitors still have software that is outdated in this sense. This should be updated in all of them. So, what is the level that this new AQ Monitor considers safe? I hope it is 5μg/m3, not 14!, otherwise I would prefer having a monitor on the Atmocube that writes the exact amount of PM, not just a led with a green, yellow, red color. You see what I mean? This factor would refrain me from buying this yet another AQ Monitor, which would not be useful to me if it didn’t consider the new WHO recommended levels. Having to check the actual PM levels on a smartphone all the time would not be practical at all. I already have the AtmoTube Pro for that.

    Thanks a lot again!

    Andrea

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    • I think each monitor meets different needs. You have no idea how many things clients, especially enterprise ones, require. It’s impossible for a company to meet all the needs as a result it is a good thing there is competition in the market.

      You are right about the concentrations but WHO’s AQGs are guidelines and not country wide standards and this is the reason you won’t see them inside AQ monitors. However, I agree with you AQMs need to adopt them as well.

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