The Cat® S61 comes with an Air Monitor that measures the quality of the air. It detects indoor air pollutants (Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs) and notifies users.
- This app is intended to give you a relative indicator of the presence and level of VOCs in your environment. This app is not a tool for checking whether an area is safe. It must not be used in life-threatening situations, or where there is a risk of injury or illness.
- When the device is new, it may take up to 36 hours to calibrate the VOC sensor. This is because there might be residual VOCs from the manufacturing process that needs to work themselves out of your phone.
- Measurements from the air quality sensor will be affected if you clean your phone with products that contain VOCs (such as alcohol or disinfectant). It may take up to 72 hours for the sensor to return to normal.
Viewing the information
1. Open the Air app.
2. Read the disclaimer and tap I Understand to dismiss the page.
3. On the main page, the current temperature, humidity level and air quality data will appear on the screen.
4. Swipe left to view more information.
5. Tap the Menu Icon in the top left > Settings to change the alert settings.
6. Tap the Menu Icon in the top left > About to learn more about VOCs.
Overview of the displayed information
- The PPB (parts per billion) value inside the circle on the app’s home screen shows the VOC content of the surrounding air.
- The colour of the circle indicates the level of VOCs at a glance. Tap the information icon in the top right hand of the screen to learn what each air quality level means.
- Swipe left to see the VOC level plotted on a graph. Tap this graph to change the timescale between 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours.
- Swipe the screen to the left again and you’ll see a 7-day history of the air quality. This is useful for spotting daily patterns of repeated poor quality air, so that you can take steps to avoid it.
- Swipe left again to see pie charts for the 7-day history (individual days) and a 7-day average.
- In the Settings menu, you can set your device to alert you when it detects POOR and/or UNHEALTHY air quality.
- The notification will automatically dismiss when the device moves into an area of improved air quality.
Turning the Air Monitor On/Off
You can turn the air quality sensor on or off in the settings menu within the app.
Note: If you turn off the sensor, you will not be alerted to poor air quality.
If your phone reports prolonged unhealthy air
If your phone is exposed to a concentrated level of VOCs, the sensor may become saturated with VOCs and report unhealthy/poor air after being removed from the VOC rich environment. To bring the reading back down, your phone should be exposed to an area of fresh air.
The indoor air pollutants detected include:
- Carbon Monoxide
- VOC Mix
For more information on how to use the Air Monitor, visit the Cat® Phones YouTube channel
Cat® S61: Introduction to the Air Monitor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t--HvpL7I6M
Cat® S61: What is a VOC?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq641EoNsGA
Cat® S61: What is Air Monitor Telling Me?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2ZAfUGi_Hs