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Tuesday, October 27 2020 - 09:00
PlanetWatch activates innovative air quality monitoring in two key Italian cities and announces grant from the Algorand Foundation
ST. GENIS-POUILLY, France, October 27 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

PlanetWatch [], a French startup which is leveraging the 
Algorand [] blockchain to build a global air quality 
ledger, announced today that it has already activated over 100 sensors in the 
Italian cities of Milan and Taranto.

PlanetWatch builds its global air quality monitoring network by combining city 
specific partnership networks and the creation of a global community of 
individual air sensor owners.

Fast and seamless sensor deployment in these cities was achieved thanks to 
strong partnerships with Wiseair [] in Milan, a 
citizen association in Taranto and support from a grant from the Algorand 
Foundation [].

C. Parrinello, PlanetWatch's [] CEO said:
"The activation of dense sensor networks in Taranto and Milan is a major 
milestone for PlanetWatch. We are delivering cost-effective air quality 
monitoring solutions for cities worldwide. By leveraging citizen communities 
and associations, together with corporate partners and advanced technologies, 
we believe we can raise the standards of environmental monitoring and help 
protect public health. We are very grateful to the Algorand Foundation, Wiseair 
srl and the Taranto citizen association for their support towards our 

"We are delighted to support PlanetWatch in their global air quality monitoring 
network" said Sean Lee, CEO of the Algorand Foundation 
[]. "By building on a blockchain with the speed and 
scale of Algorand, PlanetWatch can be confident that as their network scales to 
millions of devices and daily measurements, Algorand will be able to 
comfortably handle data volumes, while making the data accessible to all".

C.A. Gaetaniello, Wiseair's [] COO said:
"Wiseair's mission is to involve urban communities in air quality monitoring to 
promote a clean air future. With the support of the Wiseair community, we 
distributed more than 100 air quality sensors all over the city. Thanks to our 
strong partnership with PlanetWatch the data collected will be validated and 
made accessible to all. Citizen science and technology are combined here to 
build a new model to fight against air pollution."

S. Fersini from Comitato Cittadini e Lavoratori Liberi e Pensanti 
[] said: "We advocate the closure of all highly 
polluting industrial plants in our city and we hope that these monitoring 
activities and subsequent developments will help studying the connection 
between the excess of diseases linked to pollution and industrial production 
and the need for change in European environmental legislation on allowed 

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Source: Planetwatch