What is project canary?

The Project Canary solution is a continuous environmental monitoring system that monitors emissions of methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and detects fugitive emissions in near real-time at the wellsite.

The Opportunity

The Project Canary Solution

A Powerful Environmental Data Platform

The Project Canary solution consists of rugged, all-weather individual sensors located at the corners of the wellsite that transmit multiple data points to the Canary Cloud every few minutes. Data is collected and stored in the Canary information infrastructure, which can process thousands of events per second, making analysis and alerts available in real-time via mobile devices, smart phones or your desktop.

The Project Canary difference

The Project Canary solution is scalable, simple to deploy and always on—like a smoke detector in your home.

Value Proposition

Continuous. Unit sensors “chirp” data to the Canary Cloud every few minutes, day or night, rain or shine, making it the only real-time, continuous monitoring solution for Methane and VOCs on the market today.

Rugged. The all-weather sensor is simple, has no moving parts and requires no scheduled maintenance, typically making it the most reliable piece of equipment on the wellsite.

Simple. Simply stake unit sensors at the corners of the wellsite, and that’s it! Self-locating technology automatically notifies the Canary Cloud they are active. Sensors are solar powered, meaning no external battery or grid power source is required (day or night).

Affordable. The Project Canary solution is significantly less expensive than competing methods, including IR cameras, satellite, aircraft or drones.


  • Remote Monitoring. Login to the Project Canary Dashboard from your mobile device, smart phone or desktop computer and monitor emissions levels at individual wellsites anywhere, anytime.
  • Alerts. Receive real-time alerts of fugitive emissions directly on your mobile device, smart phone or computer via text or email.
  • Self-Diagnostics. Every few minutes, 24 hours a day, each unit reports data points on methane, VOCs and more to the Canary Cloud. The Canary Cloud is smart. It knows the difference between normal well site operations and a significant leak. When something unusual happens, the Cloud notifies personnel via Text and Email to enable prompt and efficient incident response.
  • Auto Locate. Each unit is equipped with GPS. When a unit first starts reporting, it sends its location to the Canary Cloud. Auto-Locate makes field deployments incredibly simple. Bang a stake in the ground and let the Sun shine – Project Canary is a zero-maintenance solution.
  • Reliable and Redundant. We use sophisticated machine learning algorithms to train the flock and ensure events are real and actionable.
  • Self-Calibrating. Tiny metal oxide sensors are engineered to be reliable and stable, providing dependable Methane and VOC readings for years without being fooled by temperature and humidity changes.
  • Solar Powered. Units are optimized for extreme environments. The solar cell can harvest enough energy to keep it chirping through a string of cloudy, snowy days by charging the onboard, high-technology, high-capacity batteries.
  • Sensitive. There’s never been a gas leak solution like Project Canary before. Canary S sensors detect concentrations of well-head gas from 0-150 ppb…. yes, that’s Parts Per Billion. That’s important because Canary roosts at the fenceline where emission levels can be low concentration events by the time gases reach the fence.




  • Stop Leaks Faster. The Project Canary solution helps operators optimize their Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) teams by routing crews to locations that are experiencing leaks in real-time.
  • Take Responsible Development to a Higher Level. The Project Canary solution gives operators an unbiased source of environmental data that may serve as credible evidence and defense against leak claims as well as providing independent, verifiable data for self-certification programs.
  • No Downtime. Deployment and operation of the Project Canary solution requires no downtime. With no moving parts or scheduled maintenance, production operations proceed uninterrupted during installation and use.
  • Improved Sustainability (ESG). The Project Canary solution delivers clear and reliable environmental data for communicating ESG initiatives to the institutional investment community and other stakeholders.
  • Improved Safety Profile. Detecting and fixing leaks faster improves wellsite safety, and the Project Canary solution provides EHS the information needed for reporting actual metrics, not guesstimates.

Technical Specifications


  • Readings are taken every few seconds.
  • Every minute data averages are uploaded to the secure Project Canary environmental data warehouse via the Canary Cloud.
  • Measurement of PM 1.0, 2.5 and 10. 
  • Monitors methane, tVOC, CO, Ozone, H2S, NO2 and atmospheric data.
  • Internal cellular communications system automatically chooses its network and decides to use 2G, 3G or 4G based on detected signal strength, ensuring the best connection possible.
  • Telemetry detection algorithms continuously monitor for outage.
  • Differentiating “normal” operations from an actual leak (no false positives).
  • Thresholds in both duration and tVOC readings trigger email/SMS alerts to LDAR teams.
  • GPS-equipped to provide Latitude and Longitude coordinates once a day to minimize power draw. When you move a unit it may take up to 24 hours before the map on the dashboard get’s a new location.
  • Data is transmitted using 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard and HTTPS, the security standard used by the U.S. government for protecting top-secret information.
  • Two external interface ports are available for optional upgrades. One enables meteorological sensors for capturing wind, temperature, humidity, and pressure data. The second is used for controlling external air quality sampling equipment, like a Summa Canister or a vacuum box for use with Tedlar bags.

“Project Canary is the most reliable method for detecting leaks and measuring VOCs we have found, at a cost substantially lower than competing alternatives. No other solution provides near real-time monitoring.”

VP Operations, Large E&P Company

Methane (CH4) is an exceptionally clean source of energy for our planet. Project Canary will help natural gas producers realize the potential and responsibly develop this important resource for our nation.

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About Project Canary

Project Canary offers the first continuous, real time, cost effective monitoring of fugitive gas emissions

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