An innovative new modem is being created expressly for use in Africa.
Launched at this month’s TEDGlobal Expo in Edinburgh, the modem is expected to permit a far larger level of Internet connectivity across the continent.
The device, which may be technically named BRCK, will achieve its aims by switching among Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and normal broadband.
BRCK is developed by Kenyan firm Ushahidi (which translates from Swahili as ‘testimony’). Ushahidi offer open-source software that is used all the way through a variety of African nations, as well as Japan and South America, among the rest.
Methodical, continuous Online connectivity is usually a aggravating prospect throughout the African continent.
Juliana Rotich, chief of Ushahidi said, “While Africa may have joining the digital revolution and mobile is getting ubiquitous, Net connectivity is not always reliable and the price of connecting is high” she then added “We get on the web and there’s a black-out and we’re plunged into darkness and the Web connection drops.”
The essential idea behind BRCK was to design a modem which was Africa-specific, dealing with the various issues presented through the continent.
In an attempt to combat African electrical energy shortages, BRCK will allow African customers to keep connected even when the energy shorts out.
The BRCK will use an eight-hour battery, largely to beat said power shortages, also as special cloud-based software program that allows the consumer to test WiFi signal strength and availability of electricity.
The modem will be able to connect to about 20 appliances at a point and is built to be strong and durable when traversing harsh terrain. Ushahidi’s company motto is “if it works in Africa, it’ll work anyplace”
Essentially, BRCK works by making use of numerous networks besides only one, making the odds of obtaining a signal that much better. An additional aerial, created to boost signal strength, will be used for gaining Internet access in the more remote areas of the continent.
Ushahidi is eager that this innovative product helps to front an increase in the production of other Africa-specific hardware in the near future.
The BRCK showed to become a preferred addition of the Edinburgh-based conference. It might be released in November and a price tag of £130. Pre order options can be found now.