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Development of a UV Index Sensor-Based Portable Measurement Device with the EUVB Ratio of Natural Light

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Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Kongju National Uiniversity, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 32588, Korea
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Smart Natural Space Research Center, Kongju National University, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 32588, Korea
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Sensors 2019, 19(4), 754; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19040754
Received: 24 December 2018 / Revised: 19 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ESTS 2018 - Recent Advances and Developments in Sensor Technologies)
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Abstract

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are electromagnetic waves that account for about 5% of solar light, and when overexposed, they pose malevolent effects on human skin and health. However, with recent reports on the beneficial effects of some wavelength bands of UV rays, people’s interest in UV information has increased. This has resulted in requiring not just simple information, such as the amount of UV or UV index (UVI), but detailed UV information that directly affects health, such as EUVB (erythemally weighted UVB). However, calculating EUVB, which can be done by applying the erythemal weighted function on the intensity value in wavelength, requires specialized optical measurement devices, which cannot be easily accessed by the general public; furthermore, public institutions’ UV information services do not offer EUVB information for individuals. Therefore, the present study proposes a UVI sensor-based portable measurement device, with which the general public can have easy access to UV-related information. The proposed device comprises a UVI sensor that can measure the intensity of erythemal UV radiation, a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module that supports communication, and a micro controller unit (MCU) for key operations. In addition, it applies the ratio of EUVB by month/time, resulting from the actual analysis of natural light to calculate the EUVB and provides the amount of UVI and EUVB to check if they meet conditions required for outdoor activities through the device and smartphone applications. The applicability of the proposed device was verified by the measurement performance comparison test with the standard device, a spectrometer (CAS 140 CT), which showed an average error of 0.045 for UVI and 0.0014 W/m2. The proposed device’s offering of UV-related information such as UVI and EUVB to the user is expected to prevent potential damage due to exposure to UV and to support healthy outdoor activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: UV; portable measurement device; EUVB ratio; erythema weight; UV index sensor UV; portable measurement device; EUVB ratio; erythema weight; UV index sensor
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Park, D.-H.; Oh, S.-T.; Lim, J.-H. Development of a UV Index Sensor-Based Portable Measurement Device with the EUVB Ratio of Natural Light. Sensors 2019, 19, 754.

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