Sensor networks that provide visibility into air pollution and autonomous aqua drone technology that captures critical water data are among the solutions that will be piloted across the city.
Four start-ups have been chosen to take part in 2020 edition of Newlab’s Circular City innovation programme launched in association with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
The four accepted companies will pilot their products and technologies across NYC: mapping air quality; promoting affordable zero-waste household products; and driving energy efficiency for buildings.
Newlab reports it received applications from start-ups across the world, representing 13 US states and 16 countries. The four companies to be accepted are:
Aclima puts air pollution and greenhouse gases on the map, block-by-block and around the world. Aclima deploys and manages region-wide sensor networks to provide transformative visibility into air pollution and emissions, accelerating climate action. Combining integrated hardware, software, and data science, Aclima claims its platform is backed by years of R&D and validation, merging the latest technological advancements with rigorous science.
Algramo is a smart dispensing system for household cleaning products, detergents and other consumer products. It aims to allow customers to pay the lowest price per ounce and buy only as much as they need by refilling their Algramo packaging. Algramo enables a contact-free shopping experience, providing only the highest quality products in collaboration with its set of brand partners.
The Circular City Studio seeks to empower urban tech start-ups to help make New York more “equitable, liveable, and resilient”
RanMarine USA said its vision is to keep the planet’s water safe and clean by deploying data-driven, autonomous aqua-drone technology to capture critical water quality data and to reduce the marine waste that is clogging waterways. With 18 billion pounds of waste, reportedly, entering oceans annually, the WasteShark is attacking a severe environmental problem at the source to alleviate the burden of prevention, mitigation, and clean-up for all communities and stewards of water.
Sapient Industries provides a turn-key plug load management solution that couples an enterprise SaaS web application with a comprehensive deployment of smart plugs and smart power strips for commercial buildings. Sapient said its web application collects energy data through the smart devices and controls (turns on/off) power delivery at each individual socket for every plugged-in piece of equipment throughout the facility. Sapient’s web-based analytics platform leverages machine learning to generate insights regarding energy inefficiencies, space and equipment utilisation, safety, and equipment performance.
Launched in 2018 with support from the NYCEDC, the Circular City Studio seeks to empower urban tech start-ups to help make New York more “equitable, liveable, and resilient”. In cooperation with city agencies, industry leaders, community organisations and researchers, Circular City aims to accelerate the product development, adoption, and investment in technologies proven to be effective in addressing complex and urgent challenges facing New York City.
The 2020 programme was launched in January 2020 with an open call seeking companies building frontier technologies and developing novel products that tackle challenges in transitioning to a circular economy and improving energy efficiency in buildings—two focal points for NYC’s sustainability agenda.
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