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Telos Partners With Open-Source Tech To Collect Weather Data In Public Blockchain

Telos has partnered with open-source weather technology company Telokanda Weather Group to launch an initiative to collect and share weather data in West Africa on the Telos public blockchain.

Telokanda will use the Telos blockchain to help university students and farming communities record and share weather data with the goal of improving climate research, hurricane tracking and local weather forecasting, the companies said in a statement Tuesday.

According to the announcement, the project was developed by a team in West Africa that includes former Boeing and NASA engineer Nicolas Lopez. 

High-altitude weather balloons, launched by citizens in West African countries, will carry lightweight devices called radiosondes into the air while beaming atmospheric data, including pressure, temperature and wind speed, back to Earth.

The project hopes to motivate citizens to participate in weather data collection by developing a method of sending digital currency instantly to people who launch their weather balloons, incentivizing timely and consistent launches, the announcement said.

The announcement said that once a weather balloon transmits data to the blockchain, a smart contract will trigger payments in telos tokens (TLOS) to the operators’ digital wallets. Each reward of about $15 can be converted to local fiat currencies such as the Nigerian Naira or Ghanaian Cedis via the Sesacash app. 

A spokesperson for the project told CoinDesk via email that at first rewards will come from the Telos Worker Proposal System but in the future, the funds will come from NGOs that want to use the data for weather forecasting and research. 

So far Telokanda has partnered with the University of Uyo and Rivers State University in Nigeria, as well as Academic City where students will launch the balloons and track the data. 

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