Image Credit: The Serval Project
“Provide communications in event of a disaster, to enable low cost mobile phone infrastructure to be setup in remote geographic locations.”
Mobile phone technology can be about more than just texting and playing Angry Birds. There’s a whole field called Mobile Humanitarianism, which focuses on using mobiles for good!
One such initiative is called the Serval Project. Founded by Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, Research Fellow (Rural, Remote and Humanitarian Telecommunications) at Flinders University, the Serval Project’s mission is to:
Provide communications in event of a disaster, to enable low cost mobile phone infrastructure to be setup in remote geographic locations, and to enable the poorest of communities to avail themselves of technology.
The project uses open-source software for mobile phones that allows them to communicate without reliance on infrastructure.
Organisation: Flinders University
Contact info: Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen