= a turnkey Internet hotspot—power, computers, and satellite uplink—you can install virtually anywhere, for less than the cost of a subcompact car.
Providing public and private Internet access and related services to areas that do not have the benefit of a reliable power or communications grid.
"SolarNetOne is a collaborative effort spanning several continents, organizations, and technical disciplines, with the goal of developing a feasible, sustainable solution for providing public and private Internet access and related services to areas that do not have the benefit of a reliable power or communications grid. With experts in open source software, photo-voltaic electricity, internet infrastructure, and true internet pioneers on the SolarNetOne team, we have endeavored to design and implement systems capable of bridging the digital divide under the most difficult of conditions, and in the most open method available."
"To replace the expensive to maintain and fuel diesel generators often employed in these situations, we paired a properly sized photovoltaic power system with efficiency optimised components and network architecture. This allowed a viable price range for the target, as the power optimizations shrunk the required PV and battery array size significantly. I am continuing to optimize the system as more efficient components become available on the market, and by R&D on means to make battery use more efficient." (building-a-distributed-decentralized-internet, 2/2011)
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