At the Smart Regions Congress at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Spherical|Analytics’ CBO Chris Rezendes spoke to the importance of cyberphysical resilience in in smart city projects.The Congress took place in February and was presented by Venture Smarter as part of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative.
The Atlantic Monthly explores people, companies and communities that are innovating in their monthly Possibilities Report. The March edition featured the work of Context Labs' business units Spherical|Analytics and IoT ImpactLABS in small and middle market agriculture operators and food security networks. A number of ImpactLABS partners were highlighted.
Spherical Analytics (S|A) is building the world’s trusted platform for environmental data
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.