Vodafone Creates A Mobile Network In A Backpack For Natural Disaster Victims

Vodafone Creates A Mobile Network In A Backpack For Natural Disaster Victims
Design

A portable network system keeps long-distance communication within human reach during a hurricane, tornado, flood, etc.

Rachel Pincus
  • 25 february 2014

For those of you who experienced anxiety when various mobile companies were allowed, in 2008, to decommission their analog cellular networks (also known as AMPS), and then had your worst nightmares come true when many cellular networks went down following Hurricane Sandy, there is now a solution to the problem. A new device that functions like a ‘Go Bag’ for the concept of consistent cellular service will help assuage fears amidst a crisis and help reconnect people with their loved ones. Vodafone’s philanthropic division, the Vodafone Foundation, has just come up with a miniature version of its generator-powered Instant Network called, appropriately, the Instant Network Mini that weighs just 11kg, or 24 pounds, and can provide 2G access, meaning up to five concurrent calls and thousands of text messages, within a 100-meter radius.

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