Introducing Ambient: The Environmental DePIN on Solana

Introducing Ambient: The Environmental DePIN on Solana

Ambient is the leading DePIN for environmental data. This May we announced the acquisition of an existing air quality monitoring DePIN on Algorand (PlanetWatch), 25k sensors across 20+ countries strong, raised $2m seed funding, including from Solana Ventures, and we are migrating it to Solana with the objective of building the largest environmental monitoring platform in the world. Our network has already generated 11.2 billion air quality data streams to date and we’re on a mission to empower communities to drive change.

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Describe your project in 5 sentences:

  • Ambient is building the world’s largest decentralized network of environmental sensors and ambient data
  • Starting from air quality monitoring, we will incentivize the expansion to complimentary environmental metrics, including noise and light pollution (as well as supporting other commercial use cases), via Ambient Network-certified physical sensors
  • We will launch our AmbiGo! mobile app (sample screenshots below) in Q2 2024 to enable the capture of human-driven environmental data by smartphone users
  • Through our environmental data APIs we will build access to a subscription dashboard, intelligence, and recommendation engine with actionable insights for consumers and enterprise deployers alike
  • Ultimately leading to greater awareness of the dangers to our health and to empowering participants to help drive change through our platform

Team members:
We have a brilliant leadership team that brings a wealth of experience from DePIN projects like Helium and PlanetWatch, to IoT and enterprise expertise.

  • Luca Franchi, CEO - Previously led growth at several startups and large corporations in US and Europe (Telefonica, 02 UK, Sky) for enterprise and consumer verticals. Discord.
  • TJ Rancour, Chief Growth Officer - Former co-founder & President of CalChip Connect, the leading distributor of Helium and DePIN-related devices.
  • Ivan D’Ettorre, COO - Previously Chief Information & Technology Officer of PlanetWatch and founder of several companies in the telecoms sector.
  • Kassir Kayani, CTO - Former founder of Hive (Centrica) with over 20 years of experience in the media (Sky), telecommunications (Orange, 3, O2 UK) and tech industry, with a proven track record in strategy and delivery.
  • Prof. Pratim Biswas, Scientific Advisor - Expert in Aerosol Science and Technology, serving as Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Miami. He is a Professor of Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering with a joint appointment at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami.
  • Uri Stav, Advisor - Technology, security, and cryptography professional with over 25 years of experience, involved in digital asset and blockchain since 2009. Former Chief Security & Development Officer at the Digital Currency Group (DCG) and subsidiaries.

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Background information in the ecosystem - previous projects or web3 experience:

  • PlanetWatch
  • Helium IoT / 5G

Main pitch on how the product collaborates with the Jupiter & Solana ecosystem:
Ambient intends to leverage the Solana DePIN ecosystem by collaborating with other relevant projects and via airdrops, including exclusive collaborations for Solana Saga phone owners.

Describe partners, supporters, or collaborative efforts:

  • Borderless Capital, leading DePIN investor, and Emrit, leading Helium and PlanetWatch miner deployer, are incubating Ambient, providing access to its resources and guidance.
  • Solana Ventures is likewise connecting Ambient to key Solana ecosystems players, as is the Solana Foundation.
  • Our strategic investor Parami Investors, the largest deployer of Helium 5G and PlanetWatch devices in North America, is introducing us to enterprise deployments to expand the network and generate significant commercial opportunities.
  • Our scientific advisor, Dr. Pratim Biswas, is bringing scientific rigour through his air quality laboratory at the University of Miami, connecting Ambient to US federal government grant opportunities, as well as creating a template deployment for campuses all over the world.

Potential synergies between you and Jupiter users, DAO, holders, etc.:
Our integration with Jupiter aligns with our goal to provide liquidity and accessibility to Ambient participants from the start, from within our new home, the Solana ecosystem. Our synergies will lie in providing Jupiter’s users with innovative ways to participate in our environmental monitoring mission, to earn and grow their crypto assets through Ambient’s AmbiGo!’s mobile app, as well as to own and operate physical sensors for even higher rewards. Ambient users will naturally benefit from Jupiter’s liquidity and swap functionalities, creating mutual value that enriches and strengthens both communities. With over 50,000 wallets connected to our current network, and hundreds of thousands more expected from our consumer mobile app, AmbiGo!, we are thrilled at the prospect of partnering with Jupiter.

Approximate date for TGE:
Target is mid July 2024

If your project were to succeed, how would it fundamentally change the web3 space?
Decentralized infrastructure networks can power environmental monitoring use cases with commercial and humanitarian value. Enterprises can embrace decentralized, distributed solutions and receive non-token benefits like carbon credits, planting trees, or a similar miner rewards value given to their charity of choice. And ultimately we can build a sustainable business powered by blockchain to drive significant impact and making a difference at global scale.

What would you say is your biggest challenges or obstacles as a project?
The fact that we are starting from an existing network, having to migrate it to a new chain; updating tokenomics and creating migration incentives to maximize participation; creating and adding a new mechanism (AmbiGo!) for community engagement and data capture; working with environmental data providers to identify key use cases (and devices) to power future network needs; introducing an improved end to end experience, including lower barriers to participate. There’s lots to do across exciting areas of development and we’re tackling all these points and more (see our freshly released development roadmap below).

What advice would you give to another team launching a token in web3?
Everything takes longer than expected, plan meticulously, bring on others that have done it before to help avoid pitfalls, build for a sustainable business not just a token launch.

What is something most tokens get wrong, and what steps are you taking to ensure that you won’t experience these pitfalls?
We spend a lot of time thinking about what we are incentivizing and how to create the right levels of utility in our network as part of our mission. But we also need to build the right level of excitement and use for the token ahead of a launch itself, as the competition in the market is fierce and differentiation is key. Ambient is making sure its tokenomics are appropriately aligned and will be using marketing campaigns and a mobile app to drive interest around its token launch. And ultimately, we are targeting key commercial use cases to drive long term value from more traditional industries and players to our decentralized network.

Appendix/About:

Thank you, let’s build a sustainable future together! :pray:

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This sounds very interesting, I can see there being a growing commercial use for this kind of information going forward

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Enjoyed the presentation! Decentralized environmental monitoring services is something quite fascinating.

Looking at the map in your presentation, it seems like you have a big presence in Europe and USA. Have you had any thoughts about expanding to Asia?

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Thanks c2yptic! Historically our sensor network has indeed been Europe heavy but we are already exploring enterprise deployments at scale in the US and ways to expand our coverage across Asia too, as both are important and considerable markets affected by air / environmental pollution.

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Thanks Fergie, we believe so as well. With the right commercial focus DePIN can deliver solutions for a number of environmental use cases, and we’re excited about the opportunities we have started to identify.

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Thanks for the reply!

Do you have any estimates or ideas on when you plan to expand in to Asian markets?

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By the time we relaunch our storefront we should have news on that front, late Q3 / early Q4.

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How would you get the environmental data, I assume you sell sensors and the users to collect the data get rewarded?

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Hey The_Lacrymator! Yes, we certify various sensors for our network and offer them via our shop. As part of onboarding each sensor has a corresponding NFT to connect to our network. The associated wallet receives daily rewards based on factors like sensor type, location, data received, and uptime.

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Come join the Ambient Network’s Discord, you find the link in the LFG article!

We are looking forward to the cool Jupiter & LFG community dropping in and having some fun with us!

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Very much excited about the launch of this project…seems to have great usecase!! Looks good

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:+1: DePIN hardware is the perfect match for environmental data on global scale.

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Looking forward to the Solana skies!

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This is wonderful news! I am looking forward to seeing where the future takes us!

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Good work ambient team, it’s really refreshing to see a depin project have an early token generation event. This really instills faith in the project and credibility of the team.

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Glad to see new life put into this project. Looking forward to see what other sensor types to add to my current arsenal(3 outdoor, 3 indoor)

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Oh wow, hey @cloudyconnex & @huskyd97, cool to see names here that I know!

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DePin narrative will be the fuel of this bull run. Happy to be early on this one! LFG!!!

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