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Monday, October 26 • 18:50 - 19:00
Lightning Talk: A Weather Balloon Example to Authenticate Data - Nicolas Lopez, Telokanda Remote Sensing Company

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To address climate change and regional data collection issues in West Africa, we have begun a project of building weather balloons that cost well below typical radiosonde costs in the United States. Launching a weather balloon would reward local residents digital currency for their efforts, if the balloon was proven to reach a certain height. While pursuing this goal, we encountered some challenges that come from operating a business remotely. One of our obstacles was the need to develop a 2-factor authentication to ensure the owner of the device was indeed the same person using the web application. This is usually straightforward, but our application and network servers are owned and operated by multiple separate companies. Here we explore an authentication solution using blockchain that allows projects like these to become platform agnostic and able to be implemented when different companies own different parts of the data pipeline infrastructure.


Nicolas Lopez

Software Engineer, Telokanda Remote Sensing Company
Nicolas has an extensive background in weather and software, including a software engineering position at Boeing and an algorithm development position for the GOES-16 weather satellite at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has interned and worked with NOAA in the past and has pursued... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 18:50 - 19:00 GMT
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