A group of American activists, who intend to develop a decentralized communication network in case the authorities or a natural disaster prevents access to the Internet, has begun to implement the first trial version of this technology, informs the Vice portal.
Initiative participants Mycelium Mesh Project intend to create a mesh net (‘mesh network’) easy to deploy after a possible interruption in Internet coverage and even during a blackout.
This experimental technology consists of a kind of intranet distributed among several devices that function as nodes, thus dispensing with a centralized network provider, the authors explain.
These nodes can be configured based on inexpensive components that are for sale locally. The idea is that these transmitting devices can be quickly deployed by placing them in places like abandoned buildings, trees and lamp posts.
During the initial test, which was carried out in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, the group successfully exchanged text messages using remote devices at a distance of up to 42 kilometers. To do this, it used nodes fed by the disposable vaporizer batteries.
At the moment, the project participants seek to incorporate C ++ language programmers and mobile application developers to work on basic functions of the future network, such as data traffic encryption.
And they remember that it is a non-profit initiative and based on a ‘software’ model of Open Source, to encourage cooperation.
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