Brief update on Air Quality

[:en] Despite the drastic measure of cutting power to hundreds of thousands (and potentially millions more) of people in efforts prevent wildfires, California is burning again. And with fires comes smoke, enough to close schools across Los Angeles out of concern for air quality and further north the winds are projected to shift and will…

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Introducing the Solarcast Nano

Earlier this year we announced our new Solarcast device. Most notably, this was our first production device to include air quality monitoring capability, but more significant for us was that thanks to Solarcast’s onboard cellular connection and solar power, we now had the ability to “drop and forget” a device, rather than depend on external…

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Solarcast Deployment: Los Angeles

Earlier this year we announced Solarcast and talked about some of the challenges we faced while designing it. Thanks to the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation & Metabolic Studio (as well as the longterm support of the Shuttleworth Foundation) we were able to create the first batch of these devices and have been deploying…

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Q&A: Why Safecast’s Global Director Has Moved To Japan

Safecast’s director of global operations, Sean Bonner, is adding another entry to an already long CV: moved to Japan in August, 2017. Besides looking forward to exploring the country and sharing his passion for Japan his family, the move means that Sean will be closer to the centre of the action when it comes to…

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Bodega Marine Lab radiation sensor is back online!

TL;DR;  The Safecast realtime seawater radiation sensor at Bodega Bay, CA, has been repaired. The realtime feed is here. For more details, read on! Though ocean scientists have been monitoring the levels of radionuclides in the ocean for decades, this took on a renewed urgency following the Fukushima accident. The radiation released into the Pacific…

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Solarcast: Behind The Music

We wanted to explain a little more about what led us to the development and release of Solarcast and some of the challenges we faced along the way. With the deployment of our Pointcast network we realized that a recurring problem with placing sensors was access to both power and internet for the devices we…

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Introducing Solarcast

What is SOLARCAST? Safecast has gained a tremendous amount of experience since starting our citizen-based environmental monitoring program in March, 2011. The learning curve has often been steep, but always rewarding. Conceived and designed primarily by OG Safecaster Ray Ozzie, our new Solarcast device combines everything we’ve learned deploying our bGeigie mobile radiation sensors, Pointcast fixed radiation sensors,…

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Earthquake Recap: What Worked, What Didn't

Safecast was formed in reaction to the Fukushima Nuclear Powerplant Disaster, which was caused by the magnitude 9.0 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Specifically, our project was begun because of the lack of publicly available data regarding the accident’s impacts and the condition of the nuclear reactors themselves in the days and weeks following the start…

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Safecast Air Prototypes

If you’ve been following along at home you know that at Safecast we’ve been thinking about measuring air quality for quite some time. More than once we’ve jumped in only to be disappointed with the results, pushing us back to square one. One of the key tenets at Safecast is that we must be able…

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Safecast X Shuttleworth

As some will already know the Shuttleworth Foundation has been a gracious supporter of Safecast and helped make our recent 4 year anniversary event possible. As one of their Fellows I’ve been fortunate to get to meet with and work with a brilliant collection of people from around the world working on similar openness-focused, potentially…

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