‘BRCK’: a new device offers an Internet connection with a power outage




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“BRCK”: a new device offers an Internet connection with a power outage

BRCK working on providing Internet connectivity in different ways and during power outages

Developed the “Ushahidi” device works as a backup generator for the Internet, and aims to provide solutions to the problem of power outages and difficult to connect to the Internet.

The device carries the name BRCK , works Kraotr connection with wired and wireless Internet, and can provide coverage for twenty organ in several rooms. It also uses mobile networks of the third or fourth generation, and contains data allow it to connect to any network in the world by prepaid SIM cards.

The device supports in normal circumstances a power outlet, and in the case of disconnection automatically goes to work with a battery lasts for eight hours.

BRCK accepts applications that can be developed especially for him, as it provider memory capacity of 16 GB. And can be connected to the camera works as a control device.

Users can control applications, and data collection related to computers or the camera remotely via phone or computer. The device connects to a server سحابي allowed to receive alerts and monitoring for the development of communication and electricity from anywhere in the world through Web site Brck.com .

And “Ohaceda” Submit , which means “testimony” in Swahili, is a software organization is not-for-profit, is working to develop an open source systems and tools in order to disseminate information to ordinary people.

In their work relies on the employment of the concept of “mass mobilization” in social activism and public accountability. Founded in 2008 during the post-election violence in Kenya, providing a platform for gathering news and reports from eyewitnesses about the violations and the latest developments and published on Google Maps. It also followed the crises in different parts of the world such as the earthquake in Haiti, Japan and elections in more than one country.

He says Ethan Zuckerman, a member of the Board of Directors “Ushahidi” and director of the Media Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Civil for تكنولجيا, they inspired BRCK than twice the electricity network in Kenya, as the Kenyan election inspired to create the maps platform.

He adds: “Once you understand that with the offer of the device, which is provide a copy Achtaatih the reliable in areas where an interruption in electricity and an Internet connection, you will be difficult to understand why no one innovates by such a tool.”

And confirm “Ohaceda”, which worked on the development of the device for the past nine months on its motto: “If it will work in Africa, will work anywhere else.” The prototype will be it for the first time on Monday at a conference in Berlin.

The organization raised the idea at the Kickstarter site on the collective funding of emerging ideas. And is seeking a U.S. $ 125 thousand until the fourth of June to begin manufacturing the device.

The idea of ​​the device since yesterday and so far the support of more than a hundred people, gathered more than 14 thousand dollars. And allow “Ohaceda the” device to buy at a price $ 200, versus $ 150 for the first fifty people.

She explains, “Ohaceda” that what is paid to the development of BRCK were frequent interruptions in electricity in remote areas and difficult to connect to the Internet often, relates to countries such as Kenya, India and other developing countries, the Internet the way and the equipment itself, which is used in New York and London, for example, in spite of differences circumstances entirely.

This problem affecting acts of “Ohaceda”, which is based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, as they operate in places suffering from poor infrastructure, no Internet connection is available in all cases. While offering their services during crises.

He is urging them to recognize the urgent need for intelligent device works in difficult circumstances, and is able to move from one network to another, and connect to the Internet by any means possible, and provides coverage for several devices, and can work with electricity or depending on the battery. According to the saying, BRCK in line with the need to provide an internet connection in the unpredictable conditions, which respect their work and daily lives of many around the world.
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