Friday, March 30, 2007

Wi-fi buses

Now here's an interesting hybrid use of transport and technology - the BBC reports in 'Wi-fi buses drive rural web use' that buses equipped with wi-fi are being used to deliver web content to remote rural villages in the developing world:

In rural India and parts of Rwanda, Cambodia and Paraguay, the vehicles offer web content to computers with no internet connection.

The buses and a fleet of motorcycles update their pages in cities before visiting the hard-to-reach communities. As well as offering popular pages, the United Villages project also allows users to request specific information.

A small box, with an antenna, onboard the buses and motorcycles communicates with the rural computers.

Another example of innovative thinking...

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