If you are used to a reliable internet connection and uninterrupted power supply, you might not appreciate BRCK - a battery-powered modem that will connect you to the internet irrespective of your location. But for the 75 percent in
A solution to provide internet to off-grid areas has been hampered by an unreliable or non-existent power connection. It is this kind of unique challenges that spurred the creation of the crowd sourcing platform Ushahidi spearheaded by the 'father of
Now the team, that includes
"BRCK has mobility in mind, insert a 3G data enabled SIM card in over 140 countries and broadcast a WiFi signal that you can share. If you don't have a SIM card, BRCK still has you covered, as we have BRCK vMNO for global connectivity with SIM cards," explains Hersman.
Although the prototypes and testing was done in
To address the power factor, the gadget has 8 hours of battery power, can be charged using solar or car battery, and has been built to withstand electricity surges. In addition, BRCK has opened up its API to other developers who can build their own custom software on top of the existing platform.
BRCK has the potential to be the third major tech innovation export from
The alternative to BRCK is the costly, power-hungry satellite connection or use the developing TV white space technology.
"To launch a pilot test in three Isiolo schools reaching just over 1,200 - without considering the cost of data - the star-up cost is just over
The benefits of extending last-mile connectivity cannot be gain said; from connecting schools in Isiolo, research work at the Mara or sending accurate, timely data in conflict zones, BRCK is not only promising to transform the rugged landscape but also create a whole new platform that can create other useful apps and tools.
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