A project that we’ve been following for a long time, called uRadMonitor, is actively monitoring CO2, particulate pollution and harmful radiation worldwide, and is doing it in a right, networked way (their page is here).
Magnasci, the company behind uRadMonitor is empowering its users to share pollution numbers registered at their locations. To be a part of the network, all the users have to do is purchase a unit on their liking or need and just plug it in their home, wirelessly or through a network cable.
Moreover, if you’re a maker, you can build your own DIY radiation monitor, since Magnasci released them blueprints for public access. Alternatively, if you don’t feel very adventurous, you can buy a kit.
Now, uRadMonitor is involved in a competition run by Chivas. The big $1 million prize could help them go further and expand the current network and range of detectors, and gain public awareness.
This is just wonderful: imagine you want to move to a new city or location, but you wish to know more about the environment of the place you’re moving to. If someone has uRadMonitor installed in that area, you can find out a lot of stuff you need.
So if you love protecting the environment, go help Magnasci and its CEO/founder, Radu Motisan, earn the big $1 mln prize. All you have to do is go to http://www.theventurevote.ro/urad-monitor/ (it’s in Romanian, but pretty intuitive, or just right-click/translate the page) and register your e-mail to vote for uRadMonitor. Don’t forget to click the link in your e-mail inbox to confirm.
It doesn’t cost you a thing, but it’s a social sign that you appreciate good technology that can make a difference in the long run. Your free support can make a good product evolve.
I’ve known Radu for years. Actually this project is the reason why I first met him, since I wanted to write a piece on his technology back in December 2012. He’s one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met and what he did with these detectors is just amazing. He’s basically built everything from scratch, from hardware and firmware to the software that now runs on his servers array.
Learn more about Magnasci’s product line here: http://www.uradmonitor.com/products.
If you’ve missed the voting link, here it is: http://www.theventurevote.ro/urad-monitor/. Just register and vote to help the project – it’s free.