The Citizen Sense Frackbox was designed in response to the concerns of citizens in northeastern Pennsylvania about the effects of the hydraulic fracturing industry on air quality. The Frackbox sensor kit is housed in a US mailbox. It is designed to be placed at sites near fracking infrastructure and at the intersections between infrastructure and peoples’ homes.
The Frackbox monitors criteria air pollutants, including nitrogen oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and ground-level ozone (O3). The Frackbox also senses volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX), along with halomethanes and glutaraldehyde.