DataGovs Leverages Helium Hotspots in Miami to Take On Climate Change with Web3 Data Sharing Model

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 The Helium Blog has just released the following article that describes how Miami is becoming a Smart City and how one company is helping this coastal metropolis with its global warming vulnerability. DataGovs is not an ordinary Helium Network customer, however, but a true innovator, using Web3 to allow citizens to control their own data:

What do you get when you combine Stanford, open-source technology, and an ex-Microsoft fellow? Enter DataGovs. DataGovs originated as the Stanford research project of Co-Founder and CEO, Gregory Johnson, to open-source civic technology.

Today, DataGovs has evolved in its mission to digitize the physical world and empower people and organizations to take back control of data ownership. With headquarters in the 305 and expansion already underway, DataGovs’ current roster of clients includes the City of Miami, Serta Simmons Bedding, and Boaz Bikes.

Despite loads of optimism and technical chops, DataGovs quickly realized the challenges with operationalizing data at scale. Public and private sector organizations were unaccustomed to shifting regulations and using data and AI to solve real-world problems like climate change. DataGovs helps solve all of this and more by harnessing the power of the internet using a Web3 ownership mindset for data sharing models and budgetary governance, which were previously unheard of.

How is all of this possible? DataGovs allows citizens and organizations to own their data while digitizing physical operations on the cloud and has built a protocol called “Govs” to extend this to blockchains, starting with Helium. With a focus on climate change, sustainability, and mobility in cities, DataGovs is able to use Helium to connect sensors for customers that need real-world monitoring of water, air quality, assets, and more. isn’t the only company choosing Miami for crypto operations, and it certainly doesn’t take an NPR article to figure out why. When it comes to DataGovs, Miami is an obvious starting point due to its strong vested interest in technology and climate change mitigation.

Only a few weeks ago, DataGovs addressed both of these interests with an announcement to connect Miami Hotspot owners with sensors on The People’s Network. Beginning with the Center for Black Innovation, DataGovs plans to then move to the City of Miami for its Smart City Program.

These initiatives have the power to confront climate threats such as flooding, heatwaves, air quality, and climate justice using Helium-compatible sensors. Real-time alerts often comprise the difference between “luck” and a catastrophe, and DataGovs data sensors make all the difference. For Miami, it’s very on-brand: The city was recently recognized by Bloomberg for using data to improve lives and has been named the most vulnerable coastal city worldwide as a result of climate change.

The name “DataGovs” stems from how the company is supporting the deployment of data governance for clients via improved processes, systems, and use of data. Today, the clients fall largely into the categories of local governments, electric mobility, and buildings.

By digitizing physical operations, these users are able to monitor performance in real-time, automate responses to challenges faster, and scale effectively. This trifecta leads to better efficiency, safety, compliance, and sustainability — which cuts costs and risks.

DataGovs’ background contextualizes why Helium was selected for connectivity. As an agnostic supplement to systems and platforms, DataGovs uses The People’s Network to onboard Hotspots and sensors with seamless scaling. The low connectivity cost and Network growth are just extra benefits.

“The People’s Network really allows DataGovs to do what it does best: help people and organizations digitize physical operations through connecting, monitoring, and automation services for the internet of everything.”

— Gregory Johnson, Co-Founder, DataGovs

DataGovs is passionate about combating climate change and plans to help ship Helium-compatible sensors to support environmental monitoring in smart homes and buildings. DataGovs has already deployed Hotspots and Airly’s AQ sensors in the local community to date and plans to add up to 20 additional Hotspots in Miami.

These modest beginnings are backed by a waitlist of another 150+ Hotspots across the United States, Europe, and Canada. New Hotspots will then support more than the 100 cities ready to order curated sensors through DataGovs.

To learn more about what DataGovs is up to, check out and register for The Uplink with DataGovs on February 3rd at 12 pm PT.

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