Premise is a data analytics company that aims to use their platform to more accurately forecast markets and solve social issues. Their product attempted to deliver more accurate product price models and better food shortage predictions than traditional methods.
Premise platform collects market pricing information by crawling information from internet retailers worldwide. They also employ part-time workers in their global network to gather on the ground pricing information utilizing an android smartphone and their app.
Premise has also used it’s platform to begin a disease surveillance project, Citizen-led disease risk mapping and vector monitoring, as a part of the USAID “Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge”.
Premise Data works with government, commercial and NGO partners Interview with representative
– US State Department
– UN FAO
Premise does not publish it’s pricing structure. They work with local partners (NGO, Goverment, Business) on grants or partnerships Interview with representative
– Traditional consumer price indexes
Governments, businesses, and NGOs
Premise is designed to combine the traditional web crawling data collection methods, but they combine that with contributors on the ground to give a different dimension to the data analysis.
Remote contributors take a picture of a desired data point and upload it to Premise’s cloud infrastructure. They determine their data acquisition targets based on specific contract requirements. Whether it’s market prices or conditions, mosquito conditions(standing water, discarded tires, etc.) or electrification in eastern Africa, their platform can consume that data and output useful analytics.
Premise provides the software as a service to their partners, backed by a partner-support and training team. For more information on partnering with Premise see their contact page
The Premise application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store
More than 25,000 contributors worldwide
Google Play Store reports 500 – 1,000 installs of the Android application
Disaster response, socioeconomic, migratory patterns, epidemiology, etc.
Anonymous cellular data, mobile app data collection, remote sensing, government census data, etc.
Is the code of this application open?
Is the data from this application available?
Is this data available for publishing? Subscription service (payed), publicly available, open source
What organizations/external resources is this product using to publish/analyze data (Worldpop, HDX, etc). Some companies/small organizations make use of existing companies infrastructure to upload their information to the cloud.
How can new users (Gov, companies, individual, etc) access this data for own use (api, full data export/subsets,etc)
Detailed methodology and documentation on Premise’s Food Staples Index
According to siftery, Premise uses a combination of Google, Amazon, and several other cloud services to produce their analytics.
Premise provides support as a part of the subscription.
– To utilize their data collection and analytics platform to provide actionable data to decision makers.
– Provide near real-time analytics on market prices, food security, free and open election process or other applicable social issues
In the FAO’s comparison, “Timeliness leans in favor of Premise, both because the FSI is a daily index, and because it can make available a monthly index similar to the food CPI 10 days before month end and up to 25 days before the official Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica release.”
– Engineering for Change Webinar – Premise
– SF Gate article on Premise’s background
– TechCrunch article with more background information
– Wired article on food price index
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