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Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2011 10:51:26 +1000 From: David Clayton <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Mobile phones without towers coming soon Message-ID: <email@example.com> Article from 'The Age', Austraila. Note: A video on the web-side shows software on the handsets allowing direct voice calls from one handset to another using the Wi-Fi capabilities of the handsets. Mobile phones without towers coming soon September 1, 2011 A mobile phone communications system that doesn't need towers is being developed at Adelaide's Flinders University. The Serval Project was inspired by the 2010 Haiti earthquake in which the phone network crashed as infrastructure went down. Creator Paul Gardner-Stephen said the earthquake showed the lack of resilience in a communications system that relied on infrastructure. "If the towers are knocked out, mobile phone handsets become useless lumps of plastic in our hands," he said. "The Serval Project has proven that there is no reason for that to be the case." The Serval system allows mobile phones to communicate with each other to create a virtual network where no network cover exists. In Australia it could allow people travelling in the outback to call each other for free. It could also provide a limited mobile phone network for remote communities. Dr Gardner-Stephen has just won a $400,000 fellowship from the Shuttleworth Foundation to take the technology of a proven concept to the product stage. He expects to have free software available to the public within 12 months. AAP Full article: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/mobile-phones-without-towers-coming-soon-20110901-1jmqr.html
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2011 08:32:47 +1000 From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Mobile phones without towers coming soon Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Sun, 04 Sep 2011 10:51:26 +1000, David Clayton wrote: > > Article from 'The Age', Austraila. > > Note: A video on the web-side shows software on the handsets allowing > direct voice calls from one handset to another using the Wi-Fi > capabilities of the handsets. > > > Mobile phones without towers coming soon September 1, 2011 > > A mobile phone communications system that doesn't need towers is being > developed at Adelaide's Flinders University. > > The Serval Project was inspired by the 2010 Haiti earthquake in which the > phone network crashed as infrastructure went down. And more details on the technology in this article: http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/mobility/49548-every-cellphone-a-serval-phone-in-five-year-developer-claims -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
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