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eDevelopment. Michael L. Best Leandro Burnes Marco Escobedo Hani Shakeel. Technologies to empower, enrich and interconnect. Projects. Sustainable Access for Rural India Village Area Network Agricultural Information System Community Knowledge Sharing Telecenter Cost Estimator. SARI.

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michael l best leandro burnes marco escobedo hani shakeel

eDevelopment

Michael L. BestLeandro BurnesMarco EscobedoHani Shakeel

Technologies to empower, enrich and interconnect

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Projects

Sustainable Access for Rural IndiaVillage Area NetworkAgricultural Information SystemCommunity Knowledge SharingTelecenter Cost Estimator

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SARI

Sustainable Access in Rural India

Connecting thousands of rural poor villages with innovative technologies, applications, and business models, and rigorously evaluating the impact on social and economic development.

With Harvard CID, IIT Madras, IBCC

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256 Kbps

11 Mbps

11 Mbps

LINCOS Container

INTERNET

Schools

Houses

City Hall

Small business

City

Hall

Rural Clinic

Village Area Network

Mobile wireless network for rural communities that provides information and communication services to an entire community

Implemented in Bohechio, Dominican Republic

connecting farmers from rural communities to markets to knowledge and to each other

AgI

Connecting farmers from rural communities to markets, to knowledge, and to each other

Agricultural Information System

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AgI

Agricultural Information System

  • Access to market price information
  • Voice communication with farmers from other rural communities
  • Supports range of written literacy levels
  • Text representations and machine generated spoken audio
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Community Knowledge Sharing

A multi-literate environment for communities to interact, share and learn from each other.

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Community Knowledge Sharing

  • Multi-literate bulletin board system
  • Integrates novel technologies to increase accessibility
  • Customizable to local preferences
  • Evaluation conducted in the Dominican Republic
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Telecenter Cost Estimator

Explore the impact of alternative telecenter configurations on capital and ongoing costs

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eDevelopment

Technologies to empower, enrich and interconnect

Michael L. BestLeandro BurnesMarco EscobedoHani Shakeel

Pilot Project - Bohechio Village Area Network

March of 2001

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Agenda

  • Bohechio, Dominican Republic
  • Village Area Network
  • Equipment
  • Network Coverage
  • Results of Deployment
  • Immediate Applications
  • Future Applications
  • What’s Next
  • Pictures
  • Q & A
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Bohechio, Dominican Republic

  • Located in the center of the
  • Dominican Republic.
  • Population is approximately
  • 10,000 people.
  • Main economic activities are
  • agriculture and livestock.
  • Prior to Wireless Village Area
  • Network, only 5 telephone lines.
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Village Area Network

  • Omni-directional antennas placed at Base Station.
  • Point to Point link to Lincos.
  • 256 kps VSAT connection at Lincos Container.
  • Point to Point Link between Lincos and Base Station.
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Results of Deployment

  • Tests conducted with:
  • 5dbi and 14dbi Antennas
  • Orinoco Client Manager - Link Test Software
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Results of Deployment

  • Coverage:
  • PC Cards ~2dbi Antenna
  • 5dbi Antenna
  • 14dbi Yagi Antenna
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Immediate Applications

  • Lincos, School, Clinic and Municipal Building
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Future Applications

  • Mobile VoIP and Radio Bohechio
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What’s Next

  • School Connectivity - April 2001
  • Telecenters
  • Better and cheaper antennas - wearable?
  • Expand mobility based applications
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Question and Answer

  • Contact Information:
  • Edevelopment Group
  • The Media Laboratory
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Room E15-309
  • 20 Ames Street
  • Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
  • http://edevelopment.media.mit.edu/
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Agenda

  • Objectives
  • Pilot Phase
  • Monitoring and
  • Assessment
  • Applications
  • Telekiosks
  • Network
  • Pilot Locations
  • What’s Next
  • Q & A
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Objectives

1.Inventing and deploying innovative technologies, applications, and highly

localized content that lead to economic, medical, learning and social development.

2.Conducting social and economic impact assessment research of these technologies.

3.Testing and generating business models that lead to profit generation and allow

the services and technologies to be self-sustaining.

4.Benefiting from the Network Effect that comes from connecting up a large

number of communities and user, aggregating demand, and integrating markets.

SARI is a project of the MIT Media Lab, Harvard's Center for International

Development, IIT-Madras, and the I-Gyan Foundation.

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Pilot Phase

  • Internet access and applications
  • 1000 connections
  • 350 villages in Madurai District in
  • Indian State of Tamil Nadu.
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Applications

  • Localized content in local languages
  • Agricultural information systems
  • Online spot labor and market applications
  • Micro-finance systems
  • Health systems
  • Education applications
  • Email and Internet browsing
  • Online government forms
  • Voice/Video/Data Services
  • Integrated communication suites
  • Community newsmagazines
  • Text to speech tools
  • Cricket resource center
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Telekiosks

  • Telekiosks will contain:
  • SARI Application Suite
  • Desktop PC
  • Monitor
  • Battery-backup power supply
  • Telephone wall unit
  • Wireless internet (70 kbps) and phone connection
  • Suite is priced at $1000 USD per kiosk
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Network

  • corDECT WLL Access Centre:
    • Rural Group Direct Inward Dialing EPABX)
    • Interfaces to the network on E1 (2.048 Mbps)
    • DIU (DECT Interface Unit)
  • Modems, routers, hubs
  • Relay Base Stations (RBS)
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What’s Next

  • 1000 connections
  • Northern India
  • Continuing research
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Questions and Answers

  • Contact Information:
  • Edevelopment Group
  • The Media Laboratory
  • MIT
  • E15-309
  • 20 Ames Street
  • Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
  • http://edevelopment.media.mit.edu/