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July 14 AMA session with PlanetWatch CEO

July 14 AMA session with PlanetWatch CEO

Check out below all the answers that our CEO, Claudio Parrinello, gave in the AMA session on July 14.

Before you carry on reading take a sneak peek at the new PlanetWatch global map that will soon be released.

In the new map you will be able to see all the sensors in the PlanetWatch network, including the Atmotube Pros.

Now take a look at the PlanetWatchers’ questions to Claudio

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SENSORSTYPE 1 – AIRQINO

Will you be able to deliver an Airqino version that includes solar panels?

It depends on the manufacturer, but It could be quite expensive. Anyway, I can tell you they’re looking on it.

Can I use the Airqino indoors?

No, you can’t, because this device was meant to provide information about outdoor air quality.

When will Airqino be available in the US?

The bottleneck for the availability of this specific sensor is compliance, which is in the hands of the manufacturers. They hope to get it done by October, but I can’t promise right now. 

Once the compliance issue is sorted out, I believe we can quickly supply several hundreds.

What is the time frame to order the Airqino pre ordered in Europe?

As soon as we will be ready to sell, eligible license holders will receive an email notification and then you will have one week to complete your purchase. If you don’t complete the purchase within a week, you’ll lose your spot in the waiting list and it will be given to the next one in line.

Will there also be a waitlist in the US to purchase Airqino?

All countries that aren’t listed in the E-commerce planetwatch.io, are served by planetwatch.us.  Airqino waitlists for these countries, including the US, are based on license selling orders on planetwatch.us

When will the next Airqino batch be available ?  

Some should already be available as soon as October.

Does Airqino come with a warranty that covers lightning damage? 

We will ask the manufacturer.

Will the planetwatch.us site allow us to buy Type 1 licenses in USD before Type 1 sensors are available in the US? 

Yes, that is already possible.

TYPE 2 SENSORS

When will Arianna be available for US customers?

This system is no longer available. We’re currently working with a partner to deliver a new Type 2 system that will include a GPS device, which is important from our point of view. The new system should be available in the Fall.

TYPE 3 SENSORS

I purchased the Type 3 license, how do I get informed when the sensor will be available?

You’ll receive an email notification about this.

If the Type 3 sensor will have a final price around €600, in terms of mining the token, it doesn’t look cost effective, in respect to cheaper systems as Atmotube PRO.

We’re still negotiating the price, so our estimate might change (for the better) in the coming days. Regardless, you should keep into account that Type 3 sensors are very reliable devices. Once you’ve installed them properly in a suitable location and as long as Internet connection is working, they work seamlessly.

Generally speaking, we have two scenarios when dealing with hardware:

  1. Scenario 1

Let’s take the case of Atmotube PRO: once we onboard the device, we don’t get involved in the sales process, so you buy directly from a manufacturer/third-party reseller, that takes care of the shipping, issues the warranty, etc. This is the preferred process for us, as it does not commit PlanetWatch resources to  logistics, etc.  we’d rather focus on what we do best. In this scenario, we have no control on stock levels, so PlanetWatch licenses cannot be used to mark your place on a waiting list in case of device shortages. 

  1. Scenario 2 

This is when we step in directly the hardware sales process. This means we buy sensors in bulk and then resell to you. The advantage of this is that we have some power to negotiate prices with suppliers (e.g. for Airqino and Kaiterra) and also, we can link licenses to places on waiting lists as we own the stock. When this happens, we set up license counters, which show whether or not you can get a device quickly if you buy a license. Please bear in mind that the total price for PlanetWatchers comprises a baseline price, i.e. the money that goes to PlanetWatch, plus taxes, shipping and customs charges. These vary and, generally speaking, PlanetWatch won’t be able to absorb them. 

Last point to consider: as stated on page 56 of White Paper, in the “Revenues from Data Access Sales” part, as soon as data will start to be monetized by PlanetWatch, people who own the sensors who are generating this data, will be able to profit by this, because a fraction of the token revenue generated by their devices, will come back to the sensors owners.

TYPE 4 SENSORS

When will Atmotube PRO become available again?

Atmotube PRO is one of the devices that we don’t sell directly: we don’t control availability, so generally speaking you should refer to the manufacturer’s website

However, exceptionally some time ago we were able to secure a batch of 200 Atmotube PRO which we’ll start selling as soon as possible; 50% on planetwatch.us while 50% on planetwatch.io.

On top of that, we’ve just got some fantastic news from Atmotube. They’ll be shipping a new stock of Atmotube Pro to our warehouses in the US and Europe by the end of August.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Can you have one of each sensor type in your home? 

Yes, you can, because cross-checking data is useful to us, e.g. Type 3 and Type 4 measurements for indoor air parameters.

Currently, there seem to be few approved sensors, why don’t you expand the number of manufacturers per sensor Type?

Yes, can’t agree more with that. However, since we don’t want to compromise the data quality, we have to make sure that data are reliable and can be streamed efficiently to PlanetWatch. This process takes some time. 

Are you planning to use DEX’s? thus starting up Liquidity pools? What is the timeline for Planets token to be listed on a US exchange? 

We’re working in both directions. DEX could possibly come faster. Stay tuned. 

Are you going to change the daily Planets earned by Type 2 sensors and Type 3 sensors?

For your baseline Planets earnings check the rules in the White Paper. We won’t change that. What could happen, in your favour, is that PlanetWatch, as a company, might offer additional tokens on top of the reward budget, out of our pocket, if we feel that some specific sensor deployment has high priority.

Allowing people to buy with Planets only on planetwatch.io website has advantages and disadvantages. The question is, what outweighs what?

The PRO is:

– It’s good for the adoption of the Algorand blockchain, thus of the Planets token;

The CON is:

– Many people don’t understand this payment method, so this could slow down adoption.

Our perception, is that all in all, it is better to insist on PLANETS only payments on planetwatch.io, so for the time being we aren’t going to change this.

I’d like to encourage all the people who hold the Type 1 license in Europe, for the July and August Airqino batches, to get Planets to purchase the sensor, because it will only be payable in PLANETS. 

What happens if I move the sensor in another pixel and somebody else gets into that pixel? Which one will be the lead sensor?

Please refer to the White Paper.

The bottomline is only the first Type 1 sensor in a pixel gets the 100 points bonus, subject to some requirements.

Can we loan PLANETS with interest to buy Sensors or Licenses? 

For compliance reasons, PlanetWatch as a company will never get involved in financial transactions involving PLANETS and individual users. You can do what you want with your own PLANETS, just beware of scammers and make sure you comply with all the laws and regulations in your jurisdiction. Also, somebody asked about PlanetWatch providing tax calculators. Sorry, we’ll never do that.

Can you explain in layman terms how network saturation may impact rewards if at all (at the rate we’re going, saturation will get hit pretty quickly)? 

When saturation kicks in, the annual reward budget may not be enough to award max rewards to sensors delivering all the required streams, so, the pie must be sliced thinner. However, the recycling bin mechanism will help to delay that, so we expect that max rewards will still be available for some time even after the saturation point is attained. 

However, there is no guarantee on this and it’s very hard to make any forecast. 

Who could be interested in buying PlanetWatch our data? Only governmental entities or also commercial companies? And do you have an actual demand for this?

Let me start with indoor data and something I’m very proud of: before proving that data has market value, you first have to prove that data has a scientific value.

Well, a few days ago, the first scientific publication which featured PlanetWatch researchers together with scientists from University of Bologna was published in a scientific magazine. It reports on a study on indoor air quality in a high profile hotel in Turin (in the North of Italy), and all the data comes from a PlanetWatch sensor.

In fact, this paper provides evidence both for scientific and market validation, since the hotel is a paying PlanetWatch customer where we installed a comprehensive indoor air quality monitoring system, in compliance with an international standard called RESET.

Indoor data from households are also very interesting, since our Type 3 sensors comply with the RESET international standard. This will allow us to compare indoor air quality data across the world, and we believe that we can build very relevant products and studies out of these data. 

Rest assured that we will always preserve your privacy, i.e. we will never disclose your location and personal data. All studies and products are based on anonymized, aggregated data.

For outdoor air quality data, especially in a city context, potential buyers include local government entities, who are interested in better management of public health, as well as a wide range of companies. Some examples of companies we are talking to are online media outlets and TV stations, who are keen to deliver real-time data feeds of hyperlocal air quality information to their audience.

Also, makers of fitness-related Apps are itnerested in PlanetWatch data – when people go out jogging or walking with their children, they are interested in information about the air they are breathing. 

We are also talking to a huge company in the mapping and mobility arena, which has just announced that they want to put an air quality layer on top of their mapping Apps. Let’s see how this goes. 

Last but not least, we are talking to the mayors of many important cities, including a very large one in the USA.

Can you create a forum that has a section for FAQ, future enhancements, bugs, etc.? 

We have set up our Discord server and a support portal from the website.

We’ll soon set up a Telegram Channel for official announcements.

When will the PlanetWatch app get an update? 

We’ll soon have a blog post about this.

Can we get a heads up before changes are made that affect the user experience (e.g. if the interval that PW sends to the algorand wallet changes from every 2 min to every 10 min)?

Ok, we’ll do our best to do this. I Suppose you refer to the fact that we recently changed the frequency of blockchain transactions. Ideally, we should have announced it before implementing this. 

Let me explain why we did this: up until a few days ago, we were posting roughly 700,000 blockchain transactions in a single day. A great indicator which makes us the leader in Algorand blockchain usage. However, this is a substantial cost (over 20,000 algos/month). So, we need to optimize the way we write data on the blockchain in order to have more resources for the project.

Can we buy and sell used Type 1/2/3/4 sensors? 

We advice against doing this since, at the moment, rewards would not move automatically to the buyer’s account. 

What are the terms of the partnership with EMRIT? I’m afraid EMRIT will do the same business deal with PlanetWatch like they did with Helium. 

I believe we’ve already proved (and I discussed this in my previous AMA) that we won’t let anybody monopolize PlanetWatch, as we’re securing a large stock of Type 1 sensors for direct sales. 

EMRIT has their own business model and community, which broadly speaking is happy to earn fewer tokens and get free hardware. As long as their business model and community can fit within the rules in our White Paper, I believe we can both benefit from this relationship. 

Again, everybody is welcome in PlanetWatch as long as they can live with our rules. 

Let me just remind everyone quickly that our rules are not just technical ones. They do reflect our moral compass. Polite and respectful behavior is required on all our social channels. 

When will governance points come into effect?

Before the end of 2021. Examples of decisions to be submitted to the community can be about the sensors onboarding for other environmental verticals, e.g. water quality monitoring.

Any plans on utilizing IOT sensors? 

Based on my own definition of IoT, we ARE already using IoT sensors: Airqinos which autonomously connect and stream data to the Internet for instance.

Is the current number of sold Type 1, 2, 3 and 4 devices available for public viewing, how often is it updated?

We’ll be releasing a new public dashboard very soon where you’ll be able to see all this features.

Any plans to expand on LoraWan technology versus bluetooth? 

Maybe, yes.

What’s next on the horizon? What’s coming up? 

We’ll be releasing a road map by the end of the month, as promised. Broadly speaking, our priorities are: 

  • Ensuring global availability of air quality sensors for all types; 
  • Ensuring worldwide availability of PLANETS tokens, subject to compliance in all jurisdictions;
  • Developing business-grade data products both for outdoor and indoor air quality data, to achieve full market validation and let PlanetWatchers achieve additional  benefits for owning sensors which stream meaningful data;
  • Exploring additional environmental verticals.

When exactly will I be able to buy my Airqino? I got the Type 1 license several days ago and I am one of the 60 people who can buy it in July.  

For the July batch, I’m confident to say that we’ll be able to sell by the end of the month.

How close can I have a second Atmotube to another one without being punished? What if my neighbors have one? 

Don’t worry if your neighbors have an Atmotube PRO. As long as they aren’t in the exact same location it’s ok.

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

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