MeshPoint in a backpack

A project log for MeshPoint - wifi router for humanitarian crisis

Autonomous, smart, wifi mesh router which is easy to use by humanitarian NGO first responders during humanitarian or natural disasters.

milijana.micunovicmilijana.micunovic 07/24/2017 at 13:490 Comments

Having easy and simple to use technology that gives you exactly what you need, when you need it, is great. But it can be even better if you can use that technology in arduous and demanding situations where possibilities are limited, if not exhausted. Think of earthquakes, fires and floods when different parts of towns and villages get cut-off; or think of people trapped in wilderness or rugged mountain areas. These are situations where you need fast, simple and light solutions to your problems. One of them being communication – communication with those in need and communication with your team and center.

This is one of the reasons why we decided to develop completely portable MeshPoint kit, i.e. MeshPoint in a backpack. The idea is to have weatherproof backpack containing battery and 20W solar panel that can be used for charging if needed. The backpack itself would serve as a construction with an attached pipe that carries MeshPoint.

In an accident, disaster or crisis situation when people need to stay mobile or when rescue teams, such as mountain rescue service or firefighters, need to reach rugged and inaccessible mountain terrain, wilderness or remote cut-off areas, having portable Internet kit that enables you to move easily and use your hands freely can be of great help. Any individual, professional or other, could take a backpack and easily 'turn herself/himself' into an instant mobile hotspot while continuing with her/his search and rescue activities.

(Valent carrying "Free WiFi" backpack and providing Internet connection to refugees in Croatia, September 2015)

And, in a way, this is MeshPoint going to its origins. In September 2015, when Syrian refugees filled the streets of villages in Slavonia and Baranja county (Croatia), Valent and his friend took a backpack with few routers, battery and LTE sticks and went to help those in need.

Now we want to empower others to do the same.