The SDS011 Air Quality Sensor experiment
Real-time Air Quality readings from the SDS011

For a complete list of all the Air Quality Sensors test on the World Air Quality Index project, check our sensor overview page.

The SDS 011 Sensor

The SDS 011 Sensor is a quite recent Air Quality Sensor developed by Nova Fitness, a spin-off from the university of Jinan (in Shandong).

With its size, it is probably one of the best sensor in terms of accuracy: While other sensors tend to focus on shrinking the sensor size, the SDS 011 has opted for a size tradeoff allowing it to use a larger fan. And the larger the fan, the better the quality.


Spec sheet: SDS011-datasheet-v1.3

This is the specification for the SDS011. One should not consider all those values for granted as there is quite often a big difference between what is said to be possible and what is actually possible (and this is why we are setting up all our experiments).
  • Output: PM2.5, PM10
  • Measuring Range: 0.0-999.9μg/m3
  • Input Voltage:5V
  • Maximum Current: 100mA
  • Sleep Current:2mA
  • Response Time1 second
  • Serial Data Output Frequency: 1 time/second
  • Particle Diameter Resolution:≤0.3μm
  • Relative Error:10%
  • Temperature Range:-20~50°C
  • Physical Size: 71mm*70mm*23mm
Note that the SDS011 humidity working range is 0-70%. This is so good, since above 70% humidity, the readings become unrealiable.

Inside look at the sensor

The clever engineering in the SD011 is to use the PCB as one side of the casing (allowing to reduce the BOM cost). The diode is mounted on the PCB side (this is mandatory as any noise between the doide and the LNA should be avoided). The laser mounted on the plastic box and connected to the PCB via flying wire.
The biggest problem of this design is that the entire sensor inside is getting very dusty, as shown on the picture below after running 24/7 for more than 6 months. This is actually not so bad since the dust did not get accumulated on the diode, nor on the laser frontend. As concern the fan, dust accumulation is a "normal behavior" also seen on the dylos.
Last, as concerns the PCB, is it quite simple. The main CPU is an 8bit processor (scratched to prevent from beeing reversed engineered!). Under the shielding one can find the Low Noise Amplifier (directly mounted on the opposite side of the diode).

Experiment Setup

There are two SDS011 colocated. The SDS011i #1 is a sensor which has been used outdoor for several months. The SDS011 #2 is a brand new sensor (from Sept. 2016).

Real-time data

Current BAM readings are:
  • PM2.5 mass in mg/m3 -,
  • updated on - - (China time).
First SDS011i #1 (old) readings are:
  • PM2.5 mass in mg/m3 -,
  • PM10 mass in mg/m3 -,
  • updated on - - (China time).
Second SDS011i #2 (new) readings are:
  • PM2.5 mass in mg/m3 -,
  • PM10 mass in mg/m3 -,
  • updated on - - (China time).

Comparison with Official BAM readings

PM2.5 based Air quality data:

PM10 based Air quality data:


For the list of all air quality sensors, check the Sensor Overview page

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本网站采用的污染指数和颜色与EPA是完全相同的。 EPA的指数可以从 AirNow上查到

空气质量指数 空气质量指数级别(状况)及表示颜色 对健康影响情况 建议采取的措施
0 - 50 一级(优) 空气质量令人满意,基本无空气污染 各类人群可正常活动
51 -100 二级(良) 空气质量可接受,但某些污染物可能对极少数异常敏感人群健康有较弱影响 极少数异常敏感人群应减少户外活动
101-150 三级(轻度污染) 易感人群症状有轻度加剧,健康人群出现刺激症状 儿童、老年人及心脏病、呼吸系统疾病患者应减少长时间、高强度的户外锻炼
151-200 四级(中度污染) 进一步加剧易感人群症状,可能对健康人群心脏、呼吸系统有影响 儿童、老年人及心脏病、呼吸系统疾病患者避免长时间、高强度的户外锻炼,一般人群适量减少户外运动
201-300 五级(重度污染) 心脏病和肺病患者症状显著加剧,运动耐受力降低,健康人群普遍出现症状 儿童、老年人及心脏病、肺病患者应停留在室内,停止户外运动,一般人群减少户外运动
300+ 六级(严重污染) 健康人群运动耐受力降低,有明显强烈症状,提前出现某些疾病 儿童、老年人和病人应停留在室内,避免体力消耗,一般人群避免户外活动

如果你想了解更多有关空气质量与污染,详见维基百科或者 AirNow

有关健康建议详见北京的Richard Saint Cyr MD医生的博客

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