Telokanda Partners with Two Nigerian Universities for Weather Data Collection via Telos Blockchain.
Telokanda has partnered with two Nigerian Universities to launch weather balloons, as part of it’s mission to collect, record and share weather data across West Africa using Telos Blockchain via Telos Partnership.
Telokanda’s Partnership With Two Nigerian Universities: Telokanda has partnered with the University of Uyo and Rivers State University in Nigeria, as well as Academic City where many other students will launch the balloons and track the data.
Exciting times for the Telos Blockchain community in the University of Uyo and the Telos Blockchain community in Rivers State University, all in Nigeria.
This program is another way of streamlining blockchain adoption in West Africa through the enthusiastic students.
In a statement to the press, Douglas Horn, the Chief Architect at Telos said, “This project can quickly grow into one that will save lives and help prevent billions of dollars in weather damage while rewarding local participants for their efforts”.
Telokanda’s Partnership With Telos: Telokanda’s partnership with Telos blockchain will help university students and farming communities in West Africa to record and share weather data. The goal is to improve climate research, hurricane tracking and local weather forecasting.
According to the announcement, the project was developed by a team in West Africa that includes former Boeing and NASA engineer Nicolas Lopez.
How Will the Project Work? The project will encourage the launch of High-altitude weather balloons by citizens in West African countries. These balloons will carry lightweight devices called radiosondes into the air while beaming atmospheric data, including pressure, temperature and wind speed, directly back to Earth through the Telos Blockchain platform.
The project intends to encourage more balloons launch for the weather data collection by rewarding anybody that participates in launching their own weather balloons through developing a method of sending digital currency instantly to them.
This is How Payments Will Work: Once a weather balloon sends data to the blockchain, a smart contract will trigger payments in telos tokens (TLOS) to the operators’ digital wallets. Each balloon can be rewarded $15 per data sent. The rewards will be sent using Sesacash app and can be converted to local fiat currencies such as the Nigerian Naira or the Ghanaian Cedis.
According to a statement by a spokesperson for the project as seen by DiutoCoinNews via Coindesk “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”.
The project spokesperson also notes that, “at present, the project has completed eight launches. Telokanda plans to launch at each of these universities one balloon per week, which it hopes to scale into daily launches coming 2021″.
This new development goes in like with the recent national blockchain adoption strategy released by the NITDA for fostering Blockchain Adoption which will covers the introduction of Blockchain courses in Nigerian Schools.
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