The Serval Project has The Serval Project has demoed a mobile phone system that creates a mesh network with Wi-Fi enabled phones. a mobile system that creates a mesh network with Wi-Fi enabled phones.

The Serval Project has demoed a mobile phone system that creates a mesh network with Wi-Fi enabled phones. The project, being developed by three Australian researchers, has two parts. The first is a series of self-organizing mobile towers that could be dropped by air during an emergency or natural disaster.

But the second part is a more permanent fix for areas without cellular communication infrastructure. It utilizes Wi-Fi enabled “Batphones” to rebroadcast their signal and create a cellular mesh network. The system is described as similar to how BitTorrent works in redistributing packets of information over Wi-Fi.

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