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content:about [10/09/2012 19:30]
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content:about [21/05/2013 18:58]
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 ====== The Serval Project ====== ====== The Serval Project ======
-====== Serval Maps ======+//“Mobile telephony for those in need.”//
-Documentation on the [[content:servalmaps:main_page|Serval Maps]] applicationas well as supporting toolslibraries and information is also available from this Wiki.+The [[|Serval Project]] is a [[|small team]] of academics, contracted engineers and students in the Resilient Networks Lab of [[Flinders University]] in South Australia, developing revolutionary, free, open-source software for mobile telephones.  It was founded by [[|Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen]] and [[|Romana Challans]] in 2010 in response to the [[|Haiti Earthquake]], and has received funding and equipment from [[|several supporters]].  The intellectual property in the Serval Project is held by [[:content:spi]]. 
 +The Serval Project aims to bring infrastructure-free mobile communication to people in need, such as during crisis and disaster situations when vulnerable infrastructure like phone cell towers and mains electricity are cut off.  In practice, this means finding ways to make mobile handsets (like smart-phones) communicate without mobile cell towers, repeaters, Wi-Fi hot spots, or cables. 
 +==== Current work ==== 
 +The main focus to date has been on developing the free **[[:content:tech:serval_mesh]]** to provide voice calls, text messaging and file sharing directly over Wi-Fi links between phones.  The app communicates with distant phones via intermediate phones using [[:content:tech:mesh routing|mesh routing]], and uses strong [[:content:tech:crypto|elliptic curve encryption]] to guarantee privacy and identity even though some phones in the mesh network may not be trusted. 
 +The Serval Project is developing the **[[:content:meshextender:main_page|Serval Mesh Extender]]** device to overcome the range limitations of Wi-Fi on smart-phones and to extend Serval Mesh services to handsets other than just Android devices.  This will allow more kinds of smart-phones to participate in the Serval Mesh. 
 +The Serval Project also develops the free **[[:content:tech:Serval Maps]]** which uses Serval Mesh file sharing to provide decentralised mapping.  This is a useful situational awareness tool for emergency response teams. 
 +See [[:content:activity:]] for more information about all the work and initiatives under way at The Serval Project. 
 +==== Long term goals ==== 
 +The Serval Project hopes for its [[:content:tech:mesh network|mesh network technology]] to become the de-facto data transport and community telecommunication solution for remote and disadvantaged communitiesinternational aid and emergency relief agencies, citizen journalistssmall and medium enterprises, and hacker and maker communities. 
 +The Serval Project's long term technical goals are set out in the [[:content:tech:]], under the "Not started" column.
content/about.txt · Last modified: 21/05/2013 19:13 by Andrew Bettison