HOW PROJECT CANARY WORKS
Project Canary monitors wells for natural gas leaks, preventing harmful emissions that degrade air quality in our communities.
HOW PROJECT CANARY WORKS
Project Canary monitors wells for natural gas leaks, preventing harmful emissions
that degrade air quality in our communities.
Place a unit at each corner of the wellsite or property. A small solar panel powers a sensor tucked under the birdhouse, which detects natural gas emissions down to parts per billion.
A tiny cellular radio connects Canary to the cloud, sending data to Canary servers. With a convenient birdhouse container that doubles as a wildlife habitat, Canary runs on solar power and requires little upkeep.
Should a leak be detected, Canary alerts the producer, and the leak can be repaired immediately. It’s always on, always monitoring, eliminating the need for inefficient and ineffective random inspections.
Project Canary’s sensor system wakes up every few minutes, takes a measurement of air quality, and reports the data to the Cloud. It utilizes a VOC sensor that measures contamination levels at parts per billion. The sensor never needs calibration and has an expected operational lifetime in excess of 10 years. An onboard microprocessor performs continuous environmental compensation to adjust for changes in ambient temperature and humidity. This VOC sensor is the ‘nose’ that feeds the Canary system.
Embedded in each Canary is a cellular connected LTE/CAT-M1 modem that provides cellular connectivity. This module spends most of it’s time asleep to conserve power, waking up every 15 minutes for a few seconds to connect to the Cloud and communicate data.
Each Canary is equipped with a GPS that captures Latitude and Longitude coordinates once a day. When you move a Canary it may take up to 24 hours before the map on the dashboard get’s a new location. GPS modules tend to consume a lot of power, so Canary uses this system sparingly.
There are two external interface ports built into each Canary. One enables the meteorological sensors which are used to capture wind, temperature, humidity, and pressure data. The other is used to control external air quality sampling equipment like a Summa Canister or a vacuum box for use with Tedlar bags. Both of these are optional upgrades to the base Canary unit.
Become part of Project Canary
Want to be one of the first to test out a Canary? We are giving away part of our first major production run to get these birds chirping for you.