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By: Weather Underground , 10:12 PM GMT on October 12, 2016
As Weather Underground (WU) continues to grow the Personal Weather Station (PWS) Network, we are working to add indoor and outdoor air quality sensor data to the WU system.
Currently, we are testing and reviewing various sensors. If you’re already monitoring the air quality in or around your home, leave a comment on this post to let us know what device you have, how you connect to it, and how you use the data.
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Get funding for air quality sensors in your community!
If you want to get more involved in gathering and sharing air quality data, we’ve learned about this cool opportunity with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA recently launched the Smart Cities Air Challenge where people from various communities can work together for the chance to receive funding for air quality sensors in their town! Two prizes of up to $40,000 will be given to communities who can provide sound strategies for collecting and using open-sourced air quality data.
Local governments from winning communities will have the opportunity to partner with sensor manufacturers and data management companies, to provide data that will greatly benefit the general public.
Confused about where to start for this challenge? Head down to your local civic center! Specific questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to equip your community with air quality sensors, then be sure to check out all the requirements for the Smart Cities Air Challenge and submit your proposal in by October 28, 2016. If you’re planning to enter, tweet at us using the @wunderground handle and #smartcityairchallenge so we can think good thoughts for you!
Best of luck!
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