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 ====== The Serval Project ====== ====== The Serval Project ======
-Serval is revolutionary, free, open-source software under development for mobile telephones. It enables people to communicate even in the absence of phone towers and other supporting infrastructureThis is especially important for modern society due to reliance on vulnerable telecommunications infrastructure. The primary scenario Serval is developing towards is enabling resilient communications during crisis and disaster situations. The project uses ad-hoc Wi-Fi and mesh networking technologies to connect phones to nearby peersor access points, to create self regulating networks. The team has been developing range of different applications using this software including: decentralised mapping ([[content:servalmaps:main_page|Serval Maps]])SMS service over the mesh ([[content:technologies:meshms|MeshMS]]and distributed data transfer ([[content:technologies:rhizome|Rhizome]]).+ 
 +//“Mobile telephony for those in need.”// 
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 +The [[http://www.servalproject.org|Serval Project]] is a [[http://www.servalproject.org/about/the-team|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 [[http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/paul.gardner-stephen|Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen]] and [[http://www.linkedin.com/in/romanachallans|Romana Challans]] in 2010 in response to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake|Haiti Earthquake]], and has received funding and equipment from [[http://www.servalproject.org/other/supporters|several supporters]] The intellectual property in the Serval Project is held by a not-for-profit incorporated association, [[:content:spi]]. 
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 +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. 
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 +==== Current work ==== 
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 +The main focus to date has been on developing the free **[[:content:tech:serval_mesh]]** to provide voice callstext 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 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. 
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 +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. 
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 +==== Long term goals ==== 
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 +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 journalists, small and medium enterprises, and hacker and maker communities. 
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 +The Serval Project's long term technical goals are set out in the [[:content:tech:]], under the "Not started" column. 
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 +==== More information ==== 
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 +The [[:|Serval Project Wiki]] contains much more information, including: 
 +  * [[:content:contact]] -- get in touch with a real person 
 +  * [[:content:tech:]] -- index of all past, present and future technology 
 +  * [[:content:activity:]] -- summary of who funds the Serval Project to do what for whom 
 +  * [[:content:publications]] -- internal and external papers, reports, and articles 
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 +The http://www.servalproject.org/ web site is the Serval Project's main web presence. 
  
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