Of all the projects in which Whappy is involved now, there is one that we are particularly proud of because it shows the potential of networking and of the Sharing Economy.
It’s UpSens a start-up based in Trento and driven by a girl, Ketty Paller, who decided to produce devices for detecting the sources of pollution in homes and offices.
UpSens has just completed a crowdfunding campaign in Italy that has reached the first 200,000 € needed to produce the first 2 sensors: one to monitor the electrosmog and one for the volatile organic compounds (carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, etc). These are the firsts of a complete set to face different needs.
The UpSens project follow the desire to give to people a tool to improve the quality of their life and increase their well-being. But there’s something more. The thing we really like is its ethical value.
How can a small detector improve the life of many? Continue reading the article.
Contributing to the well-being of a single person or a family is certainly a good thing, but contributing to the well-being of an entire community is an admirable project that deserves to be supported in all ways, considering that many valuable projects seen on the Internet have trust as a common denominator.
UpSens is not just a device but it is also a community of people who share data constantly. This sharing allows people to have a general idea of the conditions of a larger and specific area, such as a neighborhood or a town.
Monitoring and uploading the results the individual becomes an active participant in a context in which everyone collaborates to the well-being of a larger group.
That’s the ethic behind the Sharing Economy.
In one batch, these devices fulfill 3 basic needs of mankind: that of belonging, that of being useful and that of security.
If this is not enough, I see also the chance to emancipate from the authorities. We mean, not in a subversive way, but strengthening the sense of responsibility.
The set of data collected by every user becomes a source of objective information (the data is not questionable), independent from the official channels and immediately available. These information allows people (both individuals or communities) to decide autonomously what to do to face the pollution without waiting for the intervention of the government.
We as Whappy created for UpSens an app that combines values and the sense of “community” to the safeguard of the territory. It is a great honor and a real satisfaction!