We are Aeroqual

A company dedicated to giving people the tools to develop their air quality intelligence – this is our story.

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In the beginning

2001

Early believers, the Williams family, joined us as cornerstone investors and provided funding for further product development.

2001

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ozone as a sterilizing agent, prompting the team to commercialize our ozone sensor technology into a product used for health and safety monitoring and process control.

2001

We released our first product, the ozone portable monitor, to the U.S. market. Our portable monitors continue to be popular with professionals and enthusiasts and are used in a variety of indoor, outdoor and industrial applications.
Early years

2006

Some kind folks from the government gave us a research grant and we used it to bring sensor design and fabrication in-house, making GSS technology a core competitive advantage.

2006

We kept saying yes and growing and therefore had to move into larger facilities. Our new home was down an unassuming driveway in the leafy suburb of Mt Eden, in central Auckland – also home of Eden Park, for rugby fans – go All Blacks!

Pioneering outdoor air quality sensing

2008

We released the AQM 60 which quickly became our flagship product. It rapidly gained popularity around the world, as it provided a cost-effective yet accurate solution to measure outdoor air pollution. At last, a real alternative to expensive analyser technology.

2009

Co-Founders Williams and Henshaw published our first scientific paper on the application of low cost sensors for ambient air monitoring applications

2009

On the back of the AQM station, we released our first particulate matter (PM) monitor: the AQM 10 (later to be called the Dust Sentry).

2009

Quixote Transportation Technologies (QTT) in the U.S. introduced our AQM 60 for Road and Weather Information System (RWIS) monitoring. QTT was later acquired by Vaisala, who make awesome weather stations (but are still learning about air quality stations).

2010

Our first major industrial network was secured with Vale the Brazilian copper giant. Several AQM 60 monitors were installed at Vale sites in Brazil.

2011

Construction sites, quarries, mines and roadsides – we like helping our customers keep local communities safe and the Dust Sentry was perfect for the job. Keeping up with the tech-geek generation, email and SMS alert systems were a neat new feature.

2012

As the business grew and became increasingly complex, new skills were needed. An experienced commercial team joined us in the form of Mark Templeton (CEO), Noel Davies (Chairman), and Carl Beck (sales and marketing), along with some new investors.

Shifting gears

2013

Proud moment! Our Dust Sentry was the world’s first nephelometer to pass MCERTS, the pioneering indicative particle monitoring standard of the UK’s Environment Agency.

2013

With MCERTS under our belt we went certificate-crazy and got ISO-9001-2008 as well. Like most things we picked it up quickly and quality management is now a major part of our culture – CARs, SCARs, OFIs, ECOs, we love that stuff!

A new paradigm

2014

The U.S. EPA featured us in their 2014 Air Sensor Guidebook, where our Series 500 portable monitor was highlighted among a handful of manufacturers. We got a mention for our ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide sensors.

2014

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) selected us for Focus700, a group of 700 high-growth potential New Zealand companies that receive a higher level of support from the government in their export markets. This began a close working relationship with NZTE that continues to this day.

2015

What do you call an air monitoring station that’s way better than the AQM 60? The AQM 65 of course! Our taste for obscure naming conventions continues. We made significant improvements to sensor performance, extended the operating temperature and lowered the detection limit for SO2 and H2S.

2015

Our air monitoring software, Connect and Cloud became standard on all units sold.

Air quality sensing goes mainstream

2016

When there’s some strange air pollution in your neighbourhood… Who you gonna call? NYC Department of Environmental Protection kit out a van with an AQM 65 and drive it round town to put polluters in their place.

2016

Breaking into the China market was hard work. We finally know we’ve cracked it when the Beijing EPA purchase three AQM 65 air monitoring stations for a research project.

2016

Further success in China with a 90-unit PM2.5 monitoring network for Shaoxing Prefecture in Zhejiang Province.

2017

Bursting at the seams with a growing team and wanting to expand production capacity, we said farewell to beautiful Mount Eden and moved to new bespoke facilities at Rosebank Road in Auckland.

Advancing low-cost air sensor technology

2017

We added the particulate matter sensor to the portable line-up. It measures both PM2.5 and PM10, is lightweight and affordable = happy customers.

2018

AQY

Meet the AQY, the latest product to emerge from R&D, who managed to keep it secret for almost two years. Small in size, big in performance, the AQY sold strongly from day one.