- Fundación Un Litro de Luz Colombia
- Civil Society
The goal of this initiative is to bring Internet service to the inhabitants of the Mayor Yunguillo Native Council, located in the Putumayo department in Colombia, by creating a WiFi Internet mesh network for public use with connectivity provided by a third party, all of which will be supported by the Un Litro de Luz ELIoT® technology, which will also provide lighting to the public spaces of the council. ELIoT® is a smart light pole that uses solar energy to provide lighting, power and Internet access. ELIoT® has two USB ports that can be used to charge mobile phones and is completely autonomous thanks to its 100W solar panel and 55A battery that stores the charge for up to 72 hours. The poles have their own MPPT charge controller and the production of the technology is completely automated. WiFi networks are set up using a WiFi router with a 500m range and recycled items such as plastic bottles and PVC parts. The funds provided by FRIDA will be used to install 30 light poles, 10 of them capable of creating an Internet mesh network that will cover a large part of the council’s surface. This intervention will benefit 808 people who live in the council, 60% of which have a prepaid phone they can use to connect to the Internet. Connectivity will be achieved through the satellite service.