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Time to shift gear

Time to shift gear

Breaking news and opportunities ahead

PlanetWatch has come to a game-changing point. As you know by now, we have been selected to participate in the IoT Space Challenge: a prestigious joint program combining Internet-of-Things with Earth Observation data, in partnership with the European Space Agency and Deutsche Telekom, a leading European telecom provider. The kick-off took place last week in Kraków and we secured a spot in the next stage of the program, meaning we have been granted a sponsored PoC supported by European Space Agency and Deutsche Telekom themselves. The PoC’s goal is to create new disruptive air quality data products with features such as pollution forecasting by blending satellite data with Planetwatch’s hyperlocal data. 

PlanetWatch was selected for this program because over the last two years, thanks to our great community of PlanetWatchers, we have been able to prove that we can:

Deploy hyperlocal air quality networks fast and cost-effectively, anywhere, via our community-driven Web3 approach, achieving full outdoor coverage of large cities such as Madrid.

PlanetWatch map Madrid
PlanetWatch’s coverage in Madrid – preview from our new map (to be released soon)

Process data from our sensor network through advanced algorithms and build science-grade data products. The relevance and accuracy of our data is endorsed by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Hamburg University, CNR (National Research Council of Italy), and other high-profile institutions. 

The high spatio-temporal resolution of the data collected by PlanetWatch will allow us to analyze particular climate events and their impact on different urban dynamics, in a way that we could not have imagined years ago.

Gustavo Romanillos, Complutense University of Madrid

Planetwatch’s innovative participatory model allows for a dense network of sensors that provide detailed information on the air quality of the territory, enabling the provision of services that until now were unthinkable with the few available monitoring stations of the official European monitoring network. To date, Planetwatch’s network has thousands of sensors whose detailed information allows, for the first time, the realization of hyperlocal studies of air quality at the scale of neighborhood, street, and even individual building.

Carolina Vagnoli, Researcher at Italian National Research Council’s Institute for Bioeconomics

Sign real-world data contracts, both with corporate and public sector customers, and deliver.

PlanetWatch has a real market opportunity here, since existing air quality networks fall short in providing a comprehensive, real-time view of ground-level air quality. 

We see a big outdoor opportunity for PlanetWatch (Type 1 and Type 2 sensors) but it’s worth noting that significant opportunities are also emerging for our indoor data (Type 3 and Type 4 sensors). We are signing contracts to monitor air quality in schools and hotels, and we are engaging in promising discussions with the insurance sector. As usual, interest for commercial contracts goes in parallel with academic interest to use our data for advanced studies. As we recently announced, the University of Hamburg will use PlanetWatch indoor data to examine people’s indoor exposure during dust storms to understand how people avoid and mitigate extreme air pollution. 

Our ambition – the time is now!

PlanetWatch’s ambition is to become a market leader in the fast-growing field of high-precision air quality monitoring. 

Thanks to our community-driven approach based on tokenized incentives and revenue sharing, coupled with advanced technologies for network management and data analysis, we are uniquely positioned to tackle this challenge head-on. 

PlanetWatch map world
PlanetWatch’s worldwide coverage – preview from our new map (to be released soon)

The IoT Space Challenge will be an accelerator for PlanetWatch and help us grab multiple big opportunities out there. In order to maximize the potential of this collaboration with the European Space Agency and Deutsche Telekom, it is essential that our air quality monitoring network resumes its growth so that we can achieve worldwide coverage fast. The time has come to make some strategic and bold moves.

PlanetWatch is deploying some of its own financial resources to subsidize sensor prices. We will initially focus on Type 1 Airqino sensors with the aim of consolidating our outdoor network both in Europe and the US. 

From June 12 to July 12, we are going to make available on TEA Group’s shop a limited stock of 1,000 devices (Airqino + Airqino bundle) at never-before-seen prices.

During this one-month campaign, we are covering with our own resources approximately half of the original device price, making it more affordable than ever, so it will be possible to purchase Type 1 Airqino sensors at approximately 50% off standard prices. Moreover, for those PlanetWatchers who are part of the Loyalty Program, the discounts will be even more substantial. Final prices to be revealed on June 12. 

We hope this initiative will enable more people to join our community and install devices in new locations, helping us expand our air quality monitoring network while being rewarded for it. As a reminder, PlanetWatchers are first rewarded on a daily basis for streaming data reliably and then they get additional rewards whenever data from their devices gets sold, according to the revenue sharing scheme explained in our White Paper.

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