The Serval Project

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Provide communications in event of a disaster, to enable low cost mobile phone infrastructure to be setup in remote geographic locations.

Summary
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
Weblink: http://www.servalproject.org/
Contact info: Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen

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