Air quality monitoring is the systematic approach of observing and studying sample of air to determine the degree of pollution. An air quality monitor is a device that measures the level of common air pollutants. Monitors are available for both indoor and outdoor settings. The software provides data acquisition, collecting and reporting. There are several software programs available for air quality monitoring. This software is broadly divided into three categories, namely, dispersion models, photochemical models, and receptor-based models:
The dispersion modeling software is used to predict ambient concentrations and is most commonly utilized by industrial organizations for regulatory approvals.
The photochemical modeling software simulates the changes in pollutant concentrations in the air using mathematical equations characterizing the chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere.
The receptor (or source apportionment) modeling software determines the sources of air pollution based on the air monitoring data.
This software helps in determining the air quality problem, including the analysis of factors and causes of air pollution and provide guidance on the employment of various air pollution control policies and strategies. Monitoring and controlling common pollutants help in reducing the health risks associated with the contaminated air.
The global air quality monitoring software market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.05%, from 2017 to 2022, to reach a market size of USD 544.6 Million by 2022. This growth can be attributed to the increase in rapid industrialization, rising global levels of air pollution, increasing public awareness of healthcare, and government regulations for effective air pollution monitoring and control.
The report segments the air quality monitoring software market, by application, into indoor and outdoor. The indoor application segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Indoor application refers to the air quality within and around buildings and indoor spaces. Indoor air quality monitoring is an important step in the precise assessment and control of indoor air pollution. Indoor air quality is negatively impacted by gases, dust, particulate matter, smoke, pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints and varnishes, solvents, odors, microbial contaminants, and occupation-related contaminants. The main causes of poor indoor air quality vary depending on the type of building.
The report segments the air quality monitoring software market, by end-user, into industries, commercial bodies, urban air quality monitoring agencies, government agencies and research institutes, and others. The government agencies and research institutes segment is estimated to be the fastest growing air quality monitoring software market, by end-user, in 2017. They mainly use outdoor AQM equipment and software. Key air quality projects are run by governments to monitor air quality around cities and in major areas, which require outdoor AQM equipment and software. Moreover, the end-use software in this segment is required to monitor the ambient air. Government agencies and research institutes have limited use for indoor AQM equipment and software.
In this report, the air quality monitoring software market has been analyzed with respect to four regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world. The market in Asia Pacific is estimated to be the fastest growing air quality monitoring software market, from 2017 to 2022. Factors such as large-scale industrialization, implementation of stringent air pollution regulations across major Asian countries, and continuous government support for the development and commercialization of advanced products are the driving factors for the air quality monitoring software market. Being one of the major manufacturing hubs for various industries, such as chemical, petrochemical processing, and metals and mining, there is an increased demand for air quality sensors and monitors in Asia Pacific. The market in China is expected to be the fastest growing among the countries in Asia Pacific, during the forecast period.
The North American market is expected to lead the air quality monitoring software market during the forecast period. The North American market is a mature market, with the increased use of advanced pollution monitoring technologies by key end-users and the presence of well-established distribution channels for the supply of air quality monitoring products. Easy accessibility and the fast adoption of advanced technologies due to significant expenditure by the US and Canadian governments and the presence of government regulations to promote the adoption of air quality monitoring devices among key end-users are the major factors driving market growth in this region.
High product costs associated with air quality monitoring solutions and rise in adoption of alternate and renewable sources of energy could act as restraints for the air quality monitoring software market, leading to a decline in profits. The players in the air quality monitoring software market provide services to developing and underdeveloped nations where government regulations are stringent.
They are established vendors with very strong business strategies. However, they are low in service portfolio. They generally focus on a specific type of technology related to the product. Ecotech Pty. Ltd. (Australia), Cority (Canada), IPS MeteoStar, Inc. (US), and Enablon S.A (France) are key dynamic players in the air quality monitoring software market.
Innovators in the competitive leadership mapping are vendors that have demonstrated substantial service innovations as compared to their competitors. They have focused service portfolios. However, they do not have a very strong growth strategy for their overall business. Key innovators in the air quality monitoring software market includes LumaSense Technologies, Inc. (US), Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S (Denmark), Aeroqual Limited (New Zealand), Lakes Environmental Software (Canada), BREEZE Software (US), Intelex Technologies Inc. (Canada), Atmoservice (Poland), and Enviro Technology Services Ltd (UK).