Green Wifi To Launch Solar WiFi In India
Green Wifi, a non-profit organisation aiming to bring internet access to schools in developing countries via cheap, solar-powered wi-fi networks, plans to start its first full-scale pilot project in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh at the end of the summer, reports News.com. Green Wifi will be implementing the project for a Canadian aid organisation that has requested wi-fi in 3 schools (one of which has a cable connection) in this north Indian state whose the electricity supply is unreliable.
The concept behind Green Wifiâ€™s technology is installing a battery-powered router â€” charged by a solar panel â€” in each node in its wi-fi network. The nodes are mounted on rooftops and the networkâ€™s wi-fi signals are transferred over a grid using the 802.11b/g wireless network standard.
Green Wifi has received seed money for the project from Nicholas Negroponteâ€™s One Laptop Per Child initiative (OLPC), which aims to construct a $100 laptop running free/open source software to be distributed to children in developing countries. OLPC reportedly showed immediate interest in the wi-fi initiative.