Verkada SV11 Environmental Sensor

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Verkada’s SV11 is an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes in your physical space. With a collection of unique embedded sensors, the SV11 simultaneously measures air quality, temperature, humidity, motion, and noise.
Each SV11 device can be managed from Verkada’s web–based Command platform. Users can configure the device to display which sensor data they wish to monitor, as well as set custom alerts for when certain thresholds are exceeded. Users receive alert notifications in real–time, allowing for fast and proactive responses.


How It Works

Verkada’s SV11 uses multiple onboard sensors to detect and measure vaping events. Combined, these sensor readings output Verkada’s Vape Index, which determines the likeliness of vaping/smoking occurring on a scale of 1-100.

The Vape Index takes several environmental changes into consideration, including increases in TVOC, PM2.5 and motion to determine if a person is present.

Vape Index


Verkada’s Vape Index is a score derived from multiple sensors that is strongly correlated with vaping and/or smoking activity. Vape Index measurements outside of the green zone indicate suspected vaping/smoking activity, but could also reflect smoke or fumes from other sources. Smoke from cooking, burning fuel or wildfires may register highly on the Vape Index. 


Will the Vape Index only detect vaping events?

While the Vape Index is designed to ignore cleaning products and common aerosols used in bathrooms, some particles and fumes may mimic the chemical signature of vaping/smoking and trigger false positives. Alternative sources of particulates in the air, such as cooking, exhaust, or wild res, may increase the Vape Index score. 

For this reason, the Vape Index should only be enabled in areas more prone to vaping (restrooms, classrooms, hallways, hotel rooms) and not in spaces where common events could cause a false positive (kitchens, manufacturing floors).

Additionally, users are encouraged to link a camera with each sensor, providing visibility and context into events taking place to investigate what triggered an increase in the Vape Index reading. 

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