In comparison to natural variations in the past, the global climate is rapidly changing. Many of the previously unknown occurrences in our society that might hinder day-to-day activities are now too frequent due to climatic change.
For instance, global temperatures rose by roughly 1.8 °F between 1901 and 2016. The high temperatures are worsening and making frequent different types of disasters—heat waves, storms, floods, droughts, etc. The warmer climates also create an atmosphere that retains, dumps, and collects more water, which alters weather patterns and makes wetter areas and dry areas drier. Public safety and health concerns are increasing due to increased drought and intense flooding, as well storms.
As well, the increased unpredictability of weather patterns is posing risks to numerous weather-dependent activities—including but not limited to agriculture, travel, education, sports, etc. Increasing unpredictability of weather can pose significant threats to the economic and social well-being of societies worldwide, as some of these activities have a direct impact on our society’s socioeconomic wellbeing.
Unpredictable weather can pose a risk to daily activities but it is possible to adapt. Through unique partnerships, smart weather forecasting is combined with decentralized data-transfer protocols makes it possible to create technologies that detect and report weather conditions or related events. Stakeholders can now verify any weather conditions that could affect them, thereby improving society’s ability to adapt to changing climates.
To highlight the importance of unique partnerships in unlocking the potential of smart weather management systems, let’s look into the recently concluded Plugin-Ambient Weather partnership and why it matters.
Why is it important?
With the rise in demand for accurate weather forecasts in day-to-day activities, the Plugin–Ambient weather partnership avails users with more options regarding smart weather stations for homes, businesses, farms, and more. The partnership also offers network members the option of becoming data providers.
Given that ambient weather is available globally, the partnership allows users of ambient weather’s smart weather stations to participate in gathering weather-related data and claim the rewards therein.
Worth noting: The basic criteria a user needs to meet to participate in Plugin WFN’s use case as a data provider include; having uninterruptible power and Wi-Fi, and outdoor space to install an Ambient weather station. These conditions ensure data transfers are seamless via approved Ambient sensors.
Plugin–Ambient Weather Partnership: How can users Participate
Individuals or organizations that are interested in smart weather systems and willing to be part of Plugin WFN project must first purchase Ambient Weather’s smart weather system. Upon acquiring and installation of the smart weather forecast station, the user should go ahead and connect their device to Plugin’s portal. The registration process involves generating an ‘applicationkey’ & ‘apikey’ to register the new device.
After creating appropriate API keys, users can verify that their devices transmit data to ambientweather.net. Thereafter, users will be required to submit their device’s applicationkey, apikey, latitude, longitude, country, state, city, zip code, and wallet address to Plugin’s portal. If the data is satisfactory, team Plugin will approve the user’s node.
Once approved, a user will be required to stake 1000 PLI & 5000 XDC to register as a data provider for Plugin WFN. After staking is done successfully, a user will receive an approved WFN device ID for their node, allowing the user’s sensor to gather weather-related data for Plugin WFN’s project. After providing data, users can get their rewards.
You can find the complete step-by-step procedure here.
What are the likely benefits of Plugin–Ambient Weather Partnership
Forecast Data Data with Increasing Value
In the past, weather intelligence systems had relied on satellites and distributed radar to get data. The data was useful but limited in scope. This data is particularly lacking in real-time and accurate information that can help companies make better decisions.
On the other hand, generic weather forecasts from distributed radar systems produce raw data that’s relatively expensive, confusing, and inaccessible to many end-users. Raw data can be found in weather stations located at airports and other government agencies. The data can also be released via endpoints managed by central organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the World Meteorological Organization. Many a time, released data sets aren’t in real-time and may be complicated, necessitating expert assistance to digest the data for ordinary end-users.
However, the Plugin–Ambient weather partnership solves these problems. With decentralized weather forecast sensors (made possible via Ambient weather’s smart solutions), Plugin collects highly granular data that’s cryptographically signed before being uploaded onto PLI’s blockchain. Data users are able to verify the source of data using the partnership by looking at the coordinates associated with it.
What’s more, the decentralized, yet highly trustworthy, nature of collected weather forecast data increases the accuracy, accessibility, and user-friendliness of climate data. This also reduces the cost of climate data. End users who were unable to obtain the relevant data previously can now use it with ease and access to accurate, verifiable data. There are many use cases that can be made of the climate data’s diverse nature. Some unique examples include crop insurance and logistics.
Globally reducing climate-related effects
The Plugin–Ambient weather partnership also unlocks benefits and synergies that have significant potential to reduce climate-related effects. The partnership has the potential to increase efficiency in agricultural, military, medical, and conservation operations and mitigate climate-related problems.
In agriculture, for instance, highly granular data that’s made possible by the partnership will help alleviate challenges straining the agriculture production system. Not to be overlooked, by 2050 the world’s agriculture industry will feed approximately 9.8 million people. A multiplicity of adverse environment effects, which put substantial strain on productivity in previously valuable arable areas, are also a result of the growing population. These stresses are expected to rise due to the increasing global warming and extreme weather.
Nonetheless, food production systems can benefit from highly accurate and granular data—availed by the partnership between Plugin and Ambient weather.
Accurate and current climatic data can be a huge benefit to farmers and food service providers in many ways. Food producers can make more informed decisions about their production processes by having detailed data on weather patterns. With climate change requiring farmers and breeders to respond to changes faster and in smarter ways, data-driven decentralization of weather forecasting (as seen in the Plugin – Ambient weather partnership) can improve predictions and improve breed selection in dynamic production environs. Productivity will increase if there is improvement in breeding selection.
On the other hand, decentralized data collected via Ambient’s weather sensors has the potential to improve humanitarian and national security issues relating to climate change. In order to respond to climate change, the national security agencies of different countries must use smart and accurate data.
In recent apocalyptic floods that struck Southern Asia, data from Plugin was invaluable in helping key players improve their preparations and responses to these disasters. The highly precise data can be used by security agencies to help them allocate resources, such as food supplies, manpower and equipment, where they are most needed. Better planning is a way to save lives, and avoid the misappropriation of crucial resources.
Nurturing Sensing As-a Service (SEaaS model)
Today, large networks of sensors can be found in widespread use. And there’s numerous potential in data collected by these nodes, globally. You can use the SEaas model to generate passive income streams, as well as resources and support important companies.
In this context, Plugin–Ambient Weather partnership pioneers the SEaaS space by leveraging blockchain and remote sensors availed by ambient weather’s smart weather solutions. Through the partnership, users in ambient weather’s network can leverage the partnership to earn some benefits. However, users in Ambient Weather’s network can benefit from the partnership through incentives as well as the automated way data is collected. This ensures the verifiability and accuracy of the data.
The partnership creates synergies in weather forecast data. However, it also highlights potential for solutions that use blockchain-based smart contract and decentralized nodes. The partnership highlights how blockchain-based smart contracts and decentralized data providers are able to verify data’s verifiability without central organizations checking or rechecking it for accuracy.
At the end of it all, an active SEaas area will unlock new economies, improve society’s benefits, as well as provide greater opportunities for governments, organizations and individuals.
More industries face new and unexpected challenges because of the changing climate. These industries are critical to our society and it is important that we mitigate the climate impacts. Although there are many solutions for climatic changes and their effects, the decentralized tech is the most effective in providing long-term results.
This partnership ensures accurate and verifiable climatic data. This data is available in real time and provides important insight to aid in vital activities such as agriculture, disease control, humanitarian efforts, conservation, and so on. Smart climatic data systems unlock a wide range of opportunities for a number of weather-dependent sectors.
That said, Plugin-Ambient weather’s partnership makes significant contributions toward empowering today’s society through accurate, and verifiable weather data.
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