- Instituto Atlántico
- Civil Society
The proposal consists of developing low-cost devices for the construction of interconnection infrastructure that will allow connecting people living in remote and unconnected areas of Latin America, such as northwestern Brazil. The goal of the project is to build a device with low installation and maintenance costs and which can be used to provide basic network services to inhabitants of remote areas, either through public and/or private agents. The solution is based on the creation of a mesh network in which each device collaborates with others that are within the reach of a network that uses a physical medium based on wireless LoRa and WiFi (802.11) technologies. Creating the mesh allows enabling the routing of network packets that follow the Internet Protocol (IP), making the infrastructure fully Internet-enabled and guaranteeing the interconnection of different networks. End-users can access the network – and potentially the Internet – through WiFi access points that ensure interoperability with the users’ own devices. The activities planned as part of the project will seek to produce a prototype of the mobile infrastructure device, which will be open source, low-cost, capable and will allows users who live in remote areas to make use of basic Internet services, such as instant messaging applications. The prototype will also be available for use in case of natural disasters that compromise the primary infrastructure.