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July 28 AMA session with PlanetWatch CEO

July 28 AMA session with PlanetWatch CEO

In this article you’ll find the answers that our CEO, Claudio Parrinello, gave in the AMA session on July 28.

Before answering your questions, an announcement: on Friday July 30, we’ll open sales for the July batch of Airqinos. Those who bought a Type 1 license and are among the first 50, will receive an email on July 29 and will then have a week to complete the purchase. If they don’t follow through, they’ll lose their spot in the July and August batch and consequently they will need to wait for the next batch.

Let me remind you that for all tech or payment issues, you should please open a ticket.

Here you can find PlanetWatchers’ questions to Claudio

Will price discussion ever be allowed in public chat channels? 

Anybody can set up a group for that, but we just don’t feel it is suitable for our Official Telegram Group.

Does PlanetWatch already have agreements in place with certain entities to buy the air data that we ‘re collecting? Or does PlanetWatch still have to go out and find “buyers” for this data?

We’re already selling some indoor data, typically to sensor owners themselves. In the future, your streams will feed outdoor data products, plus indoor aggregated data. We are talking to a number of city mayors and also to some large corporate entities. Clearly, if they choose to pay for the sensors delivering the data, PlanetWatchers won’t get data revenues.

Will PlanetWatch do any merchandising, like t-shirts, in the future so we can further support the project?

Why not, but obviously it’s not a priority for now. 

In the last AMA you mentioned that members of the team will receive vested tokens at the end of the year. Are there any sales restrictions in place like there usually are with vested stocks?

Sales restrictions are enforced via the vesting schedule itself.

PW went live on mainnet late August-early September 2020. Is this the time the recycle bin started to fill up? If this is correct, does it mean that one year rewards for type 3 will be intact by the time we receive our first sensors? Is there a universal Recycle bin or does each sensor have its own recycle bin?

  • The Recycle Bin started to fill up when the new Token Model kicked in (you can learn more about it in our White Paper).
  • Type 3 rewards are not 100% intact as we have some corporate Type 3 devices, but they’re less than 100.
  • One Recycle Bin per Type.

When will the Airqino be available?

The goal is to have more Airqinos on the market by the end of September.

If I bought a sensor and license in the EU, then moved to another country (Brazil for example), would my sensor with its license still work? Or are licenses connected to the country you buy it from?

The main challenge comes from compliance. There are countries where it may be illegal to operate an uncertified sensor. I genuinely recommend you use it in the country you’ve purchased it from and if you want to move it, get in touch with us and we can talk about it.

Will the Kaiterra batch be split 50/50 between EU/US? Or will the first 500 have priority irrespective of the country?

We think that the fair way to do this is to globally allocate device, based on the license purchase order.  Incidentally, we’re trying to optimize US logistics, which would entail shorter delays and lower costs for everybody.

In the new app it would be useful to have an indication of when the systems-network is down.

The new App will be released soon (you can check this blog post to learn more about it). We’re working to solve all the bugs and give you all the features.

Will there be air sensors in the future that also purify the air?

We’ll give you the possibility to use PLANETS to buy air purifiers, but they’re separate products.

Hi Claudio. I was just wondering if PW has a rule for fair ordering? Can PW make some announcement regarding the max number of licenses you can buy without contacting PW directly? For instance you can buy up to 5 devices at once, for more you should contact PW.

We’ll review this later if things really scale up but, at the moment, we think it’s not necessary to put a restriction on the number of licenses that you can buy. Look at the facts: we’ve been able to reserve 250 Type 1 and 500 Type 3 for the community and more are coming, so we are seriously committed to satisfying community demand.

What is the cellular network provider (for the built-in sim on the type 1 device) here in Italy?

We’re using a global service provider.

Will there be more PlanetWatch NFTs releases in the future?

Yes. It’s a matter of time to do that.

Claudio, last week there was a question about colors (pink) for AirQuino, which you mentioned, about possible future special editions (not yet planned). Could you provide some indications on what can and cannot be done regarding this?

For the time being, please refrain from painting the sensor, because paints can affect some measurements.

How much will the “Saturation Level” for the Type 3 sensor be impacted by the proposed increase in Planet tokens ?

If we boost Type 3 sensor rewards, as we discussed in the previous AMA, we’ll spend more from the budget and it will saturate earlier. All in all, I believe this boost would be beneficial for PlanetWatch’s growth.

When will Type 4 sensors be available to buy again?

I believe it’s only a matter of waiting a few weeks.  Atmotube is restocking and we have this stock of 200 sensors which we own, but which haven’t  been processed yet by Amazon warehouses. Maybe 2-3 weeks from now.

How can we discuss the inclusion of new data points and devices that are useful on a localized level? We have a strong local need for certain air quality data that isn’t captured by the currently available devices.

We’ll try to include these developments in the RoadMap, but we can’t go too fast.

I see the price for Type 3 sensors will be 600 Euros VAT included for EU countries. Will it be available without VAT for non EU countries like Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, that are in Europe but are not part of the European Union? 

VAT is charged only for retail customers based in the European Union. If you’re not in the EU, no VAT will be charged. The real challenge is shipment costs and customs duties. The only optimization I can think of is to find a local distributor to partner with us. Let us know if you feel you could do it by writing to [email protected].

Are there any sensor batches that are reserved for Emrit and not available to the public or is Emrit working directly with the manufacturers? In other words, should we expect a sudden large sensor deployment from Emrit?

There are sensor batches for our corporate partners. But we are making sure that individual PlanetWatchers also have batches available at all times.

Can a Type 3 sensor be moved to a different location? The Kaiterra sensor doesn’t seem to have GPS so can the app be used to update the sensor location?

If you wish to change the location of the sensor (not talking about the Atmotube PRO which is a wearable sensor), please contact us first and we can discuss how best to proceed.

What ‘s going on with the Will they be selling your sensors?

We made a decision to sell directly as PlanetWatch. So that website is no longer active and sensors will be sold through our website.

It seems as though there may be an issue with devices that are getting randomly disconnected. Will the new app fix this bug?

We are discussing directly with the Atmotube manufacturer to solve these issues.

The big news for today is that we’re making a major step towards global availability of PLANETS. We are signing listing agreements for the PLANETS Tokens with two exchanges and yes, one of them caters for North-American PlanetWatchers!

Listings should be active by the end of September or possibly earlier, but I can’t guarantee. Maybe next week we’ll be able to disclose the names of these exchanges.

Once again, when we promise something…we deliver!

Keep watching our Planet and stay tuned for more announcements coming soon!

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