IoT MasterClass – How to Run a Benchmark Test of Your Indoor Air Quality 


The science of indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a national focus as offices reopen and the ability to precisely track particulate matter in the air has never been so important. Until recently though, office managers were not equipped with tools or information to protect themselves from bad air.  Today they face a proliferation of air quality technologies due to concern about airborne diseases. The bad news is that many of these readings and the devices they pull environmental data from are unreliable and variable. Many commercially available air sensors exist that claim to capture all sorts of data. Although these claims may have some kernel of truth, the implications of taking action on data pulled from a $19 consumer sensor can be significant. Imagine an employee who has ordered an air quality sensor from Amazon and gets one reading with a concerning number of particles in the air under a certain size. This could indicate a significant risk to employee health – how should a facility manager respond? Call the building to complain about the HVAC? Send employees home until the issue can be remediated? Just dismiss it as unimportant? The fact of the matter is that with IAQ science becoming more prevalent and measuring devices more ubiquitous, these challenges are rapidly presenting themselves to facility managers. Without a strategy, facility managers are at the mercy of random test readings from wildly inaccurate sensors. The optimal way to determine indoor air quality actually involves an old industry solution. The lab-grade particle counters used in pharmaceutical manufacturing, clean rooms, and other heavily regulated environments can calculate air quality with consistent precision. The EPA uses lab-grade particle counters to benchmark the accuracy of all of the commercial sensors on the market. These machines are incredibly accurate and serve as the go-to industry tool for diagnosing air quality. Augmenting the measurement of commercial or consumer grade air quality sensors with lab-grade air particle counters is how organizations can accurately diagnose air quality issues. This session will demonstrate the proper technology and methodology to bench, assess, and ultimately improve IAQ issues in any given building. Facility managers will also be well armed to communicate any concerns raised by stakeholders who operate within their facility and provide them with the data needed to demonstrate that their business is operating within a healthy and safe environment.

Presenter Bios:

Jeff Cristee is the company’s Chief Revenue Officer and brings world-class sales leadership experience to Phizzle. As Vice President of Cisco’s Sales Training and Development for almost a decade, Jeff and his team both hired and trained an entire generation of Cisco sellers. Passionate about spending time with and listening to customers, Jeff was Cisco’s lead executive sponsor to some of the largest global companies in Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Retail, and Health Care. He also has served as Cisco’s Executive Sponsor for the Country of Finland. Prior to this role, Jeff was an Area Sales Vice President for the US Commercial Central Organization. This is a 13-state geography in the Midwestern United States with a Cisco revenue target of over $1.5 Billion. Jeff joined Cisco as part of their acquisition of Stratacom in 1996, and has been leading teams across the US in Public, Fortune 500, and Commercial Business sectors. Very active in economic development at the state and regional levels, Jeff is the founder and former chairman of the Tailwind Group, a program that identified and assisted high potential start-up companies and facilitated their rapid growth. He is also past Chairman of the Technical Advisory Boards of Marian College and The Orchard School. Jeff graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Finance in 1985.

Brian Freed, is Senior Vice President of Products at Phizzle. He is a dynamic executive with strong general management capabilities to drive growth in startup and globally established environments. Extensive financial background, broad technical knowledge, proven leader of solution development, strategic alliances, go-to-market, and sales.

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