PlanetWatch, a project by a French startup based on the Algorand blockchain, activated 100 sensors to monitor air quality in the cities of Milan and Taranto, Italy.
PlanetWatch is responsible for collecting data on air pollution by recording them on the blockchain. In this sense, the choice of two Italian cities is significant.
On the one hand, Milan, which has always struggled with a high Bitcoin Lifestyle threshold of pollution and concentration of fine dust.
On the other, Taranto is well known for the presence of the former Ilva now ArcelorMittal. The steel production plant is the protagonist of a bitter debate between those who ask for its closure to save the city from pollution and related diseases, and those who ask for its salvation so as not to compromise the employment destiny of thousands of workers.
PlanetWatch with Algorand to combat pollution
In any case, Taranto and Milan represent for PlanetWatch the first step of an important and wider project. In this regard, CEO Claudio Parrinello said:
„The activation of dense sensor networks in Taranto and Milan is a milestone for PlanetWatch. We are providing cost-effective air quality monitoring solutions for cities around the world. By leveraging communities and citizens‘ associations, together with business partners and advanced technologies, we believe we can raise environmental monitoring standards and help protect public health. We are very grateful to the Algorand Foundation, Wiseair srl and the citizens‘ association of Taranto for their support for our efforts“.
Seal Lee, CEO of the Algorand Foundation, added:
„We are pleased to support PlanetWatch in their global air quality monitoring network. Building on a blockchain with Algorand’s speed and scalability, PlanetWatch can be confident that as their network spans millions of devices and daily measurements, Algorand will be able to comfortably manage data volumes, making them accessible to all.
The sensors will be distributed by Wiseair, which has installed 100 sensors and aims to promote a clean air future. Carlo Alberto Gaetaniello, COO of Wiseair explained:
„Science, citizens and technology combine here to build a new model for fighting air pollution“.
Simona Fersini, from the Committee Citizens and Free and Thinking Workers concluded:
„We support the closure of all highly polluting industrial plants in our city and we hope that these monitoring activities and subsequent developments will help to study the connection between the excess of diseases linked to pollution and industrial production and the need to modify European environmental legislation on permitted emissions“.
In short, PlanetWatch and Algorand are about to play an important role in what will be the future of the former Ilva of Taranto and more generally in changing the environmental policies of the two Italian cities.