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<nettime> Bicycle-powered Wifi - people offline revisited
Martin Hardie on Sat, 31 Jan 2004 00:18:04 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Bicycle-powered Wifi - people offline revisited

HI Nettimers
After a little break from Africa in the beautiful Basque lands I am back here 
facing the stark, dirty reality of Maputo. I haven't had a chance to read all 
things on the list yet and maybe I won't even try. But this just popped up on 
Fibreculture and not only did I go "wow" I was reminded of a thread late last 
year concerning people who live outside of the internet. 

(Re: <nettime> People offline [2x] From: "nettime's on/off connector" ... 
26/11/2003 18:16)

I thought this was relevant to that - outside but inside ... I have a vision 
of some post modern 3rd world Kevin Kostner's fighting evil by ensuring that 
the mail gets delivered!


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Subject: ::fibreculture:: Bicycle-powered Wifi
Date: Friday 30 January 2004 07:29
From: Chris Chesher <c.chesher {AT} unsw.edu.au>
To: fibreculture {AT} lists.myspinach.org


Sunday, January 25, 2004
Cambodian hybrid motorcycle/WiFi network
In Cambodia, WiFi-equipped motorcyclists pull up to schools, download
all the email, drive to the next village, and dump off copies of
locally-destined mail, picking up that community's load and delivering
it along to the next town.

It is a digital pony express: five Motomen ride their routes five days
a week, downloading and uploading e-mail. The system, developed by a
Boston company, First Mile Solutions, uses a receiver box powered by
the motorcycle's battery. The driver need only roll slowly past the
school to download all the village's outgoing e-mail and deliver
incoming e-mail. The school's computer system and antenna are powered
by solar panels. Newly collected data is stored for the day in a
computer strapped to the back of the motorcycle. At dusk, the
motorcycles converge on the provincial capital, Ban Lung, where an
advanced school is equipped with a satellite dish, allowing a bulk
e-mail exchange with the outside world.

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