E-mail Reaches the Unreachable via Shortwave in the Solomons
is an innovative development project which deploys a growing network infrastructure across the largely rural and remote communities of the Solomon Islands. "PFnet is based on a model where community-managed, operator-assisted email facilities provide all groups (even illiterates) the means to send messages and Internet emails. ... Owing to the formidable logistical barriers in this scattered island nation, the mainstay of the network uses HF/Wavemail; a well proven system short-wave radios in Pactor 2 mode."
The organization is a finalist for the Stockholm Challenge
, an award for innovation in IT development.
All a community needs is a shortwave radio, solar panels, and a computer running Wavemail
to send email, and potentially more. The results are quite impressive:
posted by rschram
on Jul 3, 2002 -