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content:about [21/05/2013 00:18]
Andrew Bettison move "Why Android?" section to tech roadmap page
content:about [21/05/2013 18:58]
Andrew Bettison [Current work] link to Activity page, remove Commotion OpenBTS paragraph (is covered on Activity page)
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 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 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.
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-The Serval Project also develops the **[[content:servalmaps:main_page|Serval Maps]]** app for Android which uses Serval Mesh file sharing to provide decentralised mapping.  This is a useful situational awareness tool for emergency response teams. 
  
 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 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 is cooperating with the [[http://oti.newamerica.net/commotion_wireless_0|Commotion Wireless]] project to integrate the Serval Mesh into the [[http://wush.net/trac/rangepublic|OpenBTS]] GSM base station, which will bring conventional GSM “feature” handsets into the mesh and will extend the reach and security of Commotion coverage by meshing its OpenBTS base stations together.+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. 
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 +See [[:content:activity:]] for more information about all the work and initiatives under way at The Serval Project.
  
 ==== Long term goals ==== ==== Long term goals ====
  
-The Serval Project hopes to eventually reprogram the GSM transponders on some makes of smart phones, so they can intercommunicate using bands other than Wi-Fi, eg the 900 MHz GSM band.  That frequency band offers a greater range but lower data rate than Wi-Fi, and thus will produce a much larger scalelower speed mesh.  This is a very ambitious goal, and will require collaboration with industry partners.+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 agenciescitizen journalistssmall and medium enterprises, and hacker and maker communities.
  
-The Serval Project aims to eventually use Bluetooth for short range meshingso that the larger mesh can be spared high-volume data transfers between nearby neighbours.+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