PlanetWatch is pleased to announce the release of its application programming interface (API). The new product will be a vital asset for the ecosystem of organizations that want to tackle air pollution as well as benefit our PlanetWatchers community.
After two years of building our network of sensors, with several cities, mainly across Europe, now having considerable coverage, this is a groundbreaking milestone for PlanetWatch. We are currently transitioning into a stage of leveraging the full potential of air quality data for different purposes.
The release of the API marks PlanetWatch’s ability to start selling relevant data to companies and public organizations with the aim of fostering data-led problem-solving initiatives. This tool is the intermediary through which PlanetWatch grants access to those who want to use the air quality data gathered by tens of thousands of sensors in our network.
It also represents a building block in the process of distributing the revenue generated by data sales amongst our community of PlanetWatchers, according to our White Paper.
At this stage, PlanetWatch is granting access to its raw air quality data sets with the goal of allowing other organizations to build or enrich their own data products and services.
In the future, we will also develop additional products and services – the API will work as PlanetWatch’s backbone for the road ahead and serve as the key to building an innovation ecosystem around air quality data, which includes data fusion.
The data collected by our extensive network can be retrieved based both on specific geographical locations and time frames. It is also possible to access indoor, outdoor, and wearable sensors’ data separately for different purposes.
Through this new release, we foresee numerous potential use cases for several sectors which can use the API to build impactful and marketable products and services. For instance, Digital Health companies can develop medical research and provide their users with real-time air quality information based on their location. Mobility and City Planning organizations can use the data to understand where they can expand their infrastructure, improve the efficiency of public transport, and design pedestrian-friendly routes. Insurance companies, hospitals, environmental organizations, and smart city consultancy firms can also create relevant initiatives to better serve and protect citizens’ health. There are endless possibilities for what can be done.
As you probably know, air quality monitoring is broken for the lack of transparency and the scarcity of sensors on the ground.
PlanetWatch addresses these challenges by using its dense sensor network to deliver real-time and hyperlocal data. All the information is recorded on Algorand’s blockchain, meaning we are building the first global tamper-proof air quality ledger that assures the data is 100% transparent and trustworthy.If you are interested in using the data gathered by PlanetWatch to develop new products and services or complement your own, contact us.
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