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Expanding Haiti WiFi Network Impact with CrisisCamp DC

  1. Posted by Inveneo on January 23, 2010 in the categories: News, Relief

As Inveneo builds a long-distance wireless Internet network that will be shared with 15-20 NGO’s in Haiti, we’re designing the high-speed point-to-point WiFi links to be robust and sustainable. We want the NetHope member agencies to focus on delivery of critical relief services, not troubleshooting routers or antennas.

In that effort, we’re using Ubiquiti technology, the cheapest, highest performing hardware for quick WiFi network buildout. But for it to handle the complexity and bandwidth of our multi-node network, we needed to enhance the Ubiquiti AirOS firmware to be a self-configuring intelligent routing protocol.

Crisis Camp Collaboration

Crisis Commons, an international volunteer network of technology professionals, joined Inveneo’s effort on Saturday via their Crisis Camp initiative. A team of software developers and hackers for good in Washington DC, took the lead in defining the problem at hand, scoping the possible solutions, and implementing what became the final, successful approach: adding Quagga, which can route using OSPF, to the Ubiquiti AirOS firmware.




Thanks to their efforts, we’ve added Quagga to the AirOS firmware and tested it on Ubiquiti hardware in Inveneo’s San Francisco offices. From there it will be sent to Haiti to be flashed and configured on the network hardware.

Our long-term goal is to have this updated firmware brought into the base firmware for Ubiquiti, increasing the quality and flexibility of WiFi networking hardware in every country – not just Haiti, and not just for Inveneo.

How You Can Volunteer

Inveneo expects to have future needs like this – remote support in communications networks, logistics, and software development. If you have experience in these areas and the ability to volunteer on a regular basis, please register with Inveneo. We are developing a database of volunteers and skill sets for Haiti and future projects.

Do note that only Inveneo employees will be sent to Haiti as part of this project. There are inherent dangers in working in a disaster area and safety considerations are paramount. Therefore, we cannot accept responsibility for anyone other than our own employees.

More Support Options

Thanks to NetHope, the EKTA FoundationAruba Networks, the Orr Foundation, and Steve and Andrea Okay, we have support for the initial deployment. We are making an appeal for donations to cover the quickly escalating costs associated with our expanding Haiti relief efforts.

Please consider donating to Inveneo using PayPal or Google Checkout below. Inveneo is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. If you are a US resident, your donation may be tax deductible.

All donations through January 31, 2010 will be used only for Haiti relief efforts, including the project to get connectivity to the major NGOs in Haiti.



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