The Serval Project:  Telecommunications Any Where, Any Time Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen  Rural, Remote & Humanitarian Telecom...
Mobile communications are useful
But it depends on infrastructure that can be damaged … Image courtesy  http://www.flickr.com/photos/plant-trees/ ; some ri...
Image by Rob Chandler ( http://www.flickr.com/people/96147639@N00 ); Some Rights Reserved. …  overwhelmed
…  or absent
So we assumed zero infrastructure
…  and came up with this; just the phones talking to each other, relaying calls, and resolving numbers for each other; a c...
 
Making the best of what’s available
Serval versus Cellular Infrastructure <ul><li>Think Skype, but uses your existing phone number, and doesn ’ t need the int...
Mapping / Situation Awareness
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some Potential Use Cases <ul><li>Field-hospital intercom/paging/local communications </li></ul><ul><li>Field communication...
 
 
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Paul Gardner - Presentation at Emerging Communications Conference & Awards (eComm 2011)

  1. 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)
  2. 3. Mobile communications are useful
  3. 4. But it depends on infrastructure that can be damaged … Image courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/plant-trees/ ; some rights reserved.
  4. 5. Image by Rob Chandler ( http://www.flickr.com/people/96147639@N00 ); Some Rights Reserved. … overwhelmed
  5. 6. … or absent
  6. 7. So we assumed zero infrastructure
  7. 8. … and came up with this; just the phones talking to each other, relaying calls, and resolving numbers for each other; a cellular commons.
  8. 10. Making the best of what’s available
  9. 11. Serval versus Cellular Infrastructure <ul><li>Think Skype, but uses your existing phone number, and doesn ’ t need the internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completely open and open-source; free for all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be carried and activated in seconds by those who need it when it is needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be retro-installated during an emergency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not need cooperation from carriers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not need cooperation from local regulators* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distributed nature makes network resilient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shorter range (for now) compared with cellular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shorter battery life (for now) compared with cellular </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Mapping / Situation Awareness
  11. 56. Some Potential Use Cases <ul><li>Field-hospital intercom/paging/local communications </li></ul><ul><li>Field communications, monitoring, logistics support </li></ul><ul><li>Situation awareness gathering, from the local populace as well </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling local populace/volunteers/staff to be assured of the safety of family, and so freed emotionally and physically to help others. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce load and demand on existing/remaining communications infrastructure. </li></ul>
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