In places like rural Africa, reliable internet service is hard to come by. In an effort to allow people in remote areas to have consistent access to the cloud, a Kenya-based nonprofit is making plans to distribute a new device that can bring reliable internet to even the most remote of locations, even when service goes out.
As reported in a recent post from TechSoup, the nonprofit NGO Ushahidi has developed a device named BRCK. The durable, brick-like device is part modem and part wi-fi router. It can plug into an electrical source and function as a traditional modem, but it also has eight hours of battery life that allows it to work if the power goes out. In places like rural Africa, outages are common, so the BRCK’s ability to function without a power source can be critical.
Ushahidi is making 2,000 devices for its initial deployment. Check out TechSoup’s post to learn more.