French high-tech startup PlanetWatch selects city of Miami to deploy air quality monitoring network
PlanetWatch, the world's first decentralized indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring network built on the Algorand blockchain, has selected the city of Miami to deploy a network of its sensors citywide.
This deployment will mark the first deployment in a major US location and follows the successful integration of PlanetWatch's technology in several European cities. The project will build upon commitments made as part of Miami's 'Miami Forever Climate Ready' initiative.
The announcement comes on the back of global commitments to improve environmental policy following COP26, prior to which the World Health Organization updated its Global Air Quality guidelines. There is an increasing need for cities to take control of their air quality, particularly following recent evidence that more than 40% of Americans live in places with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.1
"PlanetWatchers" will host the air quality sensors to collect green data that will be transcribed onto the Algorand blockchain. Contributors will then receive PLANETS tokens as compensation. The information will be used to detect pollution hotspots and provide a database of environmental analytics to protect the health of Miami's inhabitants.
Francis X. Suarez, Mayor, City of Miami: "We are thrilled that PlanetWatch has selected Miami as the first US city in which they will deploy a network of air quality sensors. Miami is striving to become a green city through policies like the 'Miami Forever Climate Ready' initiative, and it is hugely exciting that innovators like PlanetWatch and Algorand are coming here to implement major sustainable technology in the US. Algorand is a carbon-negative blockchain, and the data from this project will play a crucial role in our climate adaptation efforts as well as our ambitions to make Miami an epicentre for digital capital markets."
Claudio Parrinello, CEO, PlanetWatch: "We are very excited to announce the deployment of PlanetWatch's technology in Miami, which is our first large-scale project in the US. Miami is a thriving hub of innovation and we are thrilled to be partnering with the city as we progress in our vision of establishing a global network of low-impact, cost-effective environmental monitoring.
"PlanetWatch is built upon the contribution of individuals, and the people of Miami will play an invaluable role in expanding an air quality database that will help to protect the health of our people and our planet."