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
4 days ago
Work in progress, shows promise
A Google User
Jul 5, 2014
Thanks4sharing 5 stars untested just for the awesome idea
A Google User
Jun 28, 2014
Thanks4sharing 5 stars untested just for the awesome idea
A Google User
Jun 9, 2014
Excited to see how this user network looks in 10 years... if the big companies don't shut it down or slow its development like many other tech industries ;)
A Google User
May 31, 2014
Tubugy