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The Wray Broadband Project - 5 Years On

Dr Nick Race, Computing Department

Tuesday 15 December 2009, 1150-1215
Lecture Theatre 1, Management School Building

Over the last 5 years the Internet has become increasingly regarded as a 'utility' service. However, despite technological enhancements, access to the Internet in rural areas continues to present major challenges - and a 'Digital Divide' has opened up between town and country.

Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) are seen as a potential solution to this imbalance; offering a scalable, low-cost, autonomous platform capable of delivering an access network without the need to utilise any previous infrastructure.

This talk, by Nick Race of Computing/ISS, will outline how Wireless Mesh Networking technology has been used within the local village of Wray, providing Internet access to villagers and a networking test-bed to researchers. Five years on from the initial deployment, he'll reflect on some of the groups that have been impacted by the work, and outline the current research activities that have been built around the Wray "Living Lab".

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