Esri to Donate Free Software to Winners of the EPA Smart City Air Challenge

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September 28, 2016

Redlands, California—Global smart mapping leader Esri today announced it will donate software valued at $80,000 to winners of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Smart City Air Challenge, a program designed to support local communities that demonstrate innovative air quality management.

The Smart City Air Challenge rewards communities that capitalize on important technology trends like the Internet of Things (IoT), real-time data collection, advanced analytics, and open data exchange. The EPA will award two $40,000 grants to winners that develop plans to collect, manage, and share data from air quality sensors.

Esri's deep data-mapping capabilities offer real-time monitoring of pollution, ozone, particulate, and carbon monoxide levels; they pull weather and other data from a network of sensors and trigger notifications when specific pollution or wind thresholds are met. Esri solutions also provide advanced data analytics and open data portals that allow agencies to view and share information, which are all objectives of the EPA challenge.

  • WHO: All US city and county government agencies are eligible to apply.
  • WHAT: EPA Smart City Air Challenge; Esri will award each of the two EPA grant winners free geospatial software valued at $40,000, for a total of $80,000.
  • WHERE: To submit your proposal, visit
  • WHEN: The deadline for grant submissions to EPA is Friday, October 28, 2016.
  • HOW: To receive the Esri grant, winners must include the use of Esri ArcGIS software in their EPA grant proposal.

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