An innovative modem is being planned specifically to be used in Africa.
Announced at this month’s TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh, the modem is expected to allow a far greater level of Internet connectivity across the continent.
The device, which has been formally named BRCK, will achieve its objectives by switching between Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and normal broadband.
BRCK has been announced by Kenyan firm Ushahidi (which translates from Swahili as ‘testimony’). Ushahidi provide open-source application that’s used all the way through various African nations, also as Japan and South America, amongst the rest.
Methodical, uninterrupted Online connectivity can be a annoying prospect through the African continent.
Juliana Rotich, chief of Ushahidi said, “While Africa could have joining the digital revolution and mobile is becoming ubiquitous, Web connectivity is not always consistent and then the cost of connecting is high” she then added “We get on the internet and there’s a power cut and we’re plunged into darkness and the Web connection goes down.”
The fundamental idea behind BRCK was to make a modem that was Africa-specific, dealing with the various challenges presented by the region.
In an endeavor to beat African electrical power shortages, BRCK will let African consumers to keep connected even if the power shorts out.
The BRCK will use an eight-hour battery, largely to overcome said energy shortages, as well as special cloud-based software program that permits the user to check WiFi signal strength and availability of electrical power.
The modem will be able to connect with approximately 20 appliances at a point and is built to be strong and durable when traversing harsh land. Ushahidi’s company motto is “if it works in Africa, it’ll work anywhere”
Basically, BRCK works by making use of several networks besides only one, making the chances of obtaining a signal that much better. An additional antenna, created to boost signal strength, will be used for gaining Web access in the more remote areas of that continent.
Ushahidi is eager that this innovative product helps to front a rise in the production of other Africa-specific hardware in the near future.
The BRCK proved to become a preferred addition of the Edinburgh-based expo. It might be released in November and a price tag of £130. Pre order options can be found now.