The Serval Mesh

The Serval Mesh


Help us to make mobile phones go the extra mile during disasters by joining our indiegogo campaign; http://igg.me/at/speakfreely.

Mobile phones normally can't be used when cellular networks fail, for example during a disaster. This means that millions of vulnerable people around the world are deprived of the ability to communicate, when they need it most.

We have spent the past three years working with the New Zealand Red Cross to create a solution. We call it the Serval Mesh, and it is free software that allows smart-phones to communicate, even in the face of catastrophic failure of cellular networks.

It works by using your phone's Wi-Fi to communicate with other phones on the same network. Or even by forming impromptu networks consisting only of mobile phones. Mesh communications is an appropriate technology for complementing cellular networks. Think of it like two-way radio or CB radio that has been propelled into the 21st century. For truly long-range communications you will still need to make use of cellular or fixed telephone networks or the internet.

This software allows you to easily make private phone calls, send secure text messages and share files in caves, in subways, in the Outback, in Australia or Africa, in Europe or the United States -- even when cellular networks fail or are unavailable.

You can also keep using your existing phone number on the mesh, which is really important in a disaster when people are trying to get back in contact with each other.

Our software is :
* Completely open and open-source; free for all
* Can be carried and activated in seconds by those who need it when it is needed
* Carrier independent
* Can be installed during an emergency from only one phone
* Distributed nature makes network resilient
* Can use your existing phone number
* Encrypts mesh phone calls and mesh text messages by default
* Distribute pictures, videos and any other files

Recent changes:
Help us to make mobile phones go the extra mile during disasters by joining our indiegogo campaign; http://igg.me/at/speakfreely.

0.91 Glossy -
* Lowered importance of root access
* New Link State Engine
* Opus Audio Codec
* Improved Help System
* Improved Sharing & Upgrade of Software

For more information, see http://www.servalproject.org/archives/1104
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About The Serval Mesh
Help us to make mobile phones go the extra mile during disasters by joining our indiegogo campaign; http://igg.me/at/speakfreely.

Mobile phones normally can't be used when cellular networks fail, for example during a disaster. This means that millions of vulnerable people around the world are deprived of the ability to communicate, when they need it most.

We have spent the past three years working with the New Zealand Red Cross to create a solution. We call it the Serval Mesh, and it is free software that allows smart-phones to communicate, even in the face of catastrophic failure of cellular networks.

It works by using your phone's Wi-Fi to communicate with other phones on the same network. Or even by forming impromptu networks consisting only of mobile phones. Mesh communications is an appropriate technology for complementing cellular networks. Think of it like two-way radio or CB radio that has been propelled into the 21st century. For truly long-range communications you will still need to make use of cellular or fixed telephone networks or the internet.

This software allows you to easily make private phone calls, send secure text messages and share files in caves, in subways, in the Outback, in Australia or Africa, in Europe or the United States -- even when cellular networks fail or are unavailable.

You can also keep using your existing phone number on the mesh, which is really important in a disaster when people are trying to get back in contact with each other.

Our software is :
* Completely open and open-source; free for all
* Can be carried and activated in seconds by those who need it when it is needed
* Carrier independent
* Can be installed during an emergency from only one phone
* Distributed nature makes network resilient
* Can use your existing phone number
* Encrypts mesh phone calls and mesh text messages by default
* Distribute pictures, videos and any other files

Recent changes:
Help us to make mobile phones go the extra mile during disasters by joining our indiegogo campaign; http://igg.me/at/speakfreely.

0.91 Glossy -
* Lowered importance of root access
* New Link State Engine
* Opus Audio Codec
* Improved Help System
* Improved Sharing & Upgrade of Software

For more information, see http://www.servalproject.org/archives/1104

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A Google User
Sep 9, 2014
Very cool Seems rough around the edges a bit, but was able to set up my own 2 peer network with a nexus 4 & a 5, using one as the wifi hotspot, and free of any other connections! Made calls well, with even less lag than when over my regular wifi network. The range extenders would be handy, but even a This will be very handy! Hope you guys keep developing it! The whole over all concept is amazing!
A Google User
Sep 8, 2014
I love it I'm in It is working on my Cricket ZTE Engage N8000 to a degree, its alittle rough and not pretty but I'm on here in Arkansas, can somebody in the USA message me back so we can beta the functions.
A Google User
Sep 1, 2014
Bring on the Repeaters! Excellent Idea! Let's get the repeater network going, or at least plans so we can build our own. I've had this same idea but for use as a community computer network. Still much work to be done, but brilliant!
A Google User
Aug 17, 2014
Save it for the apocalypse This app is intended for a specific use. If you don't understand the purpose or technicality, don't download. This app does what it is meant to do, very well.
A Google User
Jul 26, 2014
When are you going to update app, support new models? :)