Spherical | Analytics and the Environmental Defense Fund partner to launch Environmental Data Initiative 2.0 in New Mexico

Last year, we at Spherical | Analytics (S|A) announced our first public partnership and project. Collaborating with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), we launched the Environmental Data Initiative to monitor and report out on methane emissions from frack gas and shale oil operations occurring within the state of Pennsylvania.

Today, S|A and EDF are excited to announce the next phase of this project: the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) 2.0 for the state of New Mexico. The New Mexico expansion has many of the same features and functionality that the initial work in PA contained:

(1)   Deep data analysis to see emission growth and reduction projections

(2)   Detailed map visualizations to explore the well, emission, production, and revenue data graphically and geo-spatially against impacted communities

(3)   A robust modeling tool to compare multiple levels of regulatory solutions and emissions controls

(4)   The ability to access and download all public data sources with refined detail to track the quality, condition, and status of all data

 Our work in Pennsylvania was unique in its scale, scope, and outreach. The EDF Environmental Data Initiative produced verifiable models of total methane emissions, presented operational alternatives to mitigate those emissions, and projected the impacts of moderate and comprehensive controls and regulations. The EDI is a custom platform intended to allow EDF, its partners and any interested stakeholders to address unreported emissions, enhance emissions accounting and modeling, and evaluate combinations of regulatory policy recommendations and energy operations changes.  

The strength of the Immutably™ for Climate platform is what enables this level of insight to be generated. Critical pieces of the technology include:

(1)   Data ingestion across a broad spectrum of sources from industry-reported emissions to satellite data to state revenue generation rolls

(2)   Multipoint cryptographic proofing through Proofworks™ to ensure that no fake data enters the workflow to corrupt the models and analytics

(3)   Blockchain technology in the form of the Scrivener™ ledger to give any stakeholder the access to that private distributed ledger

(4)   Robust network graph analytics and machine learning that form the heart of these important insights and policy recommendations

(5)   Dashboards, visualizations, and other tools to understand the data and enable stakeholders – and the people of New Mexico – to fully grasp the impact of extraction operations in their state 

By having access to this platform and its insights, all the stakeholders involved in New Mexico can begin to reduce their methane emissions and increase their resilience with one common picture: a base set of insights and tools to reduce the noise and reach consensus to address the unique challenges that face New Mexico and its people.

Frack gas and shale oil extraction operations continue to persist across the United States in the name of energy independence and economic growth. S|A and our partners will continue to scale the EDI platform and expand to new states across the seven major and numerous minor shale basins across the United States.

S|A’s goal remains the ingestion of all relevant environmental data for North America in order to build a complete, verifiable, and immutable aggregation of data, analytics, and models for the continent’s grand environmental and climate challenges. With deep and rich analytical modeling already applied to North Dakota in previous work and Pennsylvania in the first phase of the EDI, S|A now adds New Mexico to the collection of monitored states.   

To learn more about Immutably™ for Climate, the Environmental Data Initiative, or Spherical | Analytics visit us at:

Website: www.sphericalanalytics.io

Twitter: @SphereAnalytics

Email: info@sphericalanalytics.io

Spherical | Analytics Launches Marine Databank with Port of New Bedford

Spherical | Analytics Launches Marine Databank with Port of New Bedford

Spherical | Analytics (S|A) is pleased to announce that our partnership with the New Bedford Port Authority (NBPA) has been awarded the Seaport Economic Council (SEC) Grand Challenge Grant to seed the launch of the Marine Databank.

The Marine Databank (MBD) will act as a data coop, or on a mutual company model. Those sharing data, analytics and other digital tools to contribute to science, sustainable fisheries, oceans health, costal community resilience and other pressing challenges include fishing boat/ fleet owners, shellfish harvesters, researchers, conversation groups and other public and private enterprises. Privacy and data ownership rights will be protected as they explore sharing, trading or licensing of their data, analytics and models.

Talking about Resilience at OSHEANCon18

Chris Rezendes, Chief Business Officer for Spherical | Analytics, recently delivered one of the keynote addresses at OSHEANCon18 – OSHEAN’s annual convention bringing together the top public and private sector innovators from across Rhode Island, held at Providence College in the Ryan Center for Business Studies. (Click here for the video)

OSHEAN stands for “Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network”. The network delivers broadband telecommunications and innovative technology solutions while driving economic advantage and operation efficiency for hundreds of organizations (academic, government, healthcare, etc.) in the state of Rhode Island and elsewhere.

In his address, Chris focused on three key imperatives for public-private partnership success in municipal and regional infrastructure development/ redevelopment: 

(1)   The meaning of resilience in infrastructure markets, including the rise of climate and cyber risk dimensions in overall project/ finance risk modeling.

(2)   The depth and granularity of the data required to monitor, manage and report out on cyberphysical infrastructure resilience to achieve material operational and financial impacts

(3)   The need for next generation public and private partnerships to collaborate and coordinate on their investments in trusted digital systems and multi-functional teams of SMEs

“Convenience is a feature, profit is a tool, but resilience is the killer app,” Chris stated to the crowd of several hundred attendees gathered from across the region. We at S|A believe that our platform – from allsource ingestion to cryptographic multipoint proofing and blockchain ledgering to network graph analytics and machine learning -- offers a comprehensive solution that allows companies to: gather disparate information about emerging risks, increase their situational awareness of these risks and make informed decisions that increase both revenue and resilience.  

Chris was joined by Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee of Rhode Island and Chet Kanojia, CEO of Starry, as keynote speakers for the conference.

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For more information about how Spherical | Analytics can help you solve some of your most important environmental data, climate risk modeling and infrastructure development/ redevelopment challenges, visit us at sphericalanalytics.io and contextlabs.com or follow us on Twitter (@SphereAnalytics and @contextlabsbv).

Smart Infrastructure and IoT at the IoT6 Exchange

Smart Infrastructure and IoT at the IoT6 Exchange

Nearly 100 senior executives who develop and invest in public and private infrastructure gathered at the Ponte Vedra Club in Jacksonville for the recently held IoT6 Exchange conference on smart infrastructure and IoT. The event enabled them to share recent experiences in designing, developing and deploying the next generation of smart infrastructure systems.

The Launch of Spherical Analytics (S|A)

Spherical Analytics (S|A) is building the world’s trusted platform for environmental data

We’re excited to announce that Context Labs and The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust (“Grantham Environmental Trust”) are launching Spherical Analytics (S|A).

S|A is a new company whose purpose is to build the world’s trusted platform for global environmental data, analytics and modeling tools.

Our mission at S|A  is to source and organize the world’s environmental information, with embedded blockchain-enabled provenance and veracity, to radically accelerate positive impacts and outcomes to Planet Earth.  We do this by integrating blockchain technology with big data ingestion, machine learning and advanced analytics, providing a strategic tool for environmental impact, risk assessment and systemic change.

Blockchain for Climate is the Next Big Thing  

The Context Labs mantra of The Supply Chain of Everything (SCE), applies our blockchain-enabled Immutably™ for Climate platform to environmental and climate data.  The applications range from the tracking of ideas and models in their digital forms, to their physical measurements in IoT, to data acquisition and remote sensing, satellite data acquisition, chain of custody, chain of identity, and in-depth analytics to help make sense of the data and share it efficiently and seamlessly.

Our view is that all things we utilize, both physical and digital, have a provenance at the point of “A-ha!” inception, all the way until a product or service ends up in a consumer’s hands.  It is the same for environmental and climate data.  It  has a provenance and a need for data veracity throughout the life cycle of its use.  In today's world of "alternate facts" and "fake news," our aim is to insure that the data that matters most to our survival on Earth is trusted, and accessible by all.

How We Do It

Capturing this provenance and veracity is done by our Proofworks™ platform.  Our intersection of understanding for this is with Environmental Impact Analytics™, combining the “interconnectedness of everything” with blockchain, to more fully describe, understand, and predict the SCE.  Technologically, it is a “blockchain meets network graph analytics, meets machine learning” marriage.  It is a powerful combination, particularly when integrated with machine learning and big data ingestion at-scale.  S|A further enables adoption and support for these technologies with its Environmental ImpactLabs team and their thought leadership in IoT, climate, and multi-stakeholder sustainability.  

Who We Are

Our team's collective history has deeply focused on collaboration, sharing, and connecting people and ideas.  Our prior work has produced platforms and apps that have been used by billions of Internet users.  We have introduced technologies and companies that pioneered Voice-over-IP (VoIP), shared whiteboards and screens, media streaming, big data interoperability, and social/local/mobile, blockchain at-scale innovation, and IoT thought leadership.

We are born from a collaboration between Context Labs and The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust (“Grantham Environmental Trust”). Having built a platform solution for deploying blockchain technology to ingest, verify, and track IP along the supply chain, Context Labs sought to apply this technology to address climate change. Influenced by both the Grantham Foundation and a collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), we see that "Blockchain for Climate is its most important use."  

A Trust Platform

Most importantly, these applications of Immutably™ all have a common denominator, the ability to build a Trust Platform, one that certifies to the provenance and veracity of data, throughout its myriad uses.

We are looking forward to extending our work and investment in blockchain research and development to address climate change. We invite you to regularly visit the Spherical Analytics website, or read the full press release announcing the launch of Spherical Analytics.