Start-up is looking for investors for setting up ad hoc mobile network




Serval behind the developers to work on a so-called mesh Extender for setting up an ad hoc mobile network. Such a network is held in the air by mobile devices transmit the signal. This may be of use are as networks of telcos flat.

Serval has been an Android app that allows mobile devices to communicate via wifi, so they are independent of mobile networks. interrelated Signals are transmitted from device to device, creating a so-called ‘mesh network’ occurs in sufficient density. The Mesh Extender want the developers behind the project, called Serval, provide a greater range. Android smartphones via the built-in option to work only a small range, as wifi router but the Mesh Extenders should therefore this increase.

For the development of the Serval Mesh Extenders have the developers $ 300,000 needed, they through IndieGoGo investment round trying to retrieve. The developers have already developed a prototype based on a TP-Link MR3020 router. The final version of the Mesh Extender, which is still unclear exactly what hardware is used, it would be wifi range mileage should be able to carry far.

The device operates at 915MHz, but are also made versions that work on 868MHz and 433MHz. Sufficient revenues to Supporting multiple frequencies may be necessary because, in contrast to the United States. 915MHz band in Europe freely used The 868MHz and 433MHz band are also of limited use in Europe, according to the developers. Result is still unclear how feasible such ad hoc network in Europe.

Serval is not the only one working on a mesh network based phones that communicate with each other. Earlier came all developers with a protocol for such communications, called Span. However Serval is already a step further and can be used all through the Android app.

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