Paul Gardner - Presentation at Emerging Communications Conference & Awards (eComm 2011)

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  • 2. The Serval Project: Telecommunications Any Where, Any Time Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen Rural, Remote & Humanitarian Telecommunications Research Fellow, Flinders University Founder, The Serval Project (http://servalproject.org)
  • 3. Mobile communications are useful
  • 4. But it depends on infrastructure that can be damaged … Image courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/plant-trees/ ; some rights reserved.
  • 5. Image by Rob Chandler ( http://www.flickr.com/people/96147639@N00 ); Some Rights Reserved. … overwhelmed
  • 6. … or absent
  • 7. So we assumed zero infrastructure
  • 8. … and came up with this; just the phones talking to each other, relaying calls, and resolving numbers for each other; a cellular commons.
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  • 10. Making the best of what’s available
  • 11. Serval versus Cellular Infrastructure
    • Think Skype, but uses your existing phone number, and doesn ’ t need the internet
      • Completely open and open-source; free for all
      • Can be carried and activated in seconds by those who need it when it is needed
      • Can be retro-installated during an emergency
      • Does not need cooperation from carriers
      • Does not need cooperation from local regulators*
      • Distributed nature makes network resilient
      • Shorter range (for now) compared with cellular
      • Shorter battery life (for now) compared with cellular
  • 12. Mapping / Situation Awareness
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  • 56. Some Potential Use Cases
    • Field-hospital intercom/paging/local communications
    • Field communications, monitoring, logistics support
    • Situation awareness gathering, from the local populace as well
    • Enabling local populace/volunteers/staff to be assured of the safety of family, and so freed emotionally and physically to help others.
    • Reduce load and demand on existing/remaining communications infrastructure.
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