[August 18, 2008] We are pleased to announce the release of version 2 of the KioskNet software.
Rural Internet kiosks provide a variety of services to the poorest sections of society. However, due to limited electrical power, pervasive dust, mechanical wear-and-tear, and computer viruses, kiosk computers often fail, requiring frequent, expensive repairs. Similarly, network connectivity is often lost due to failures in the telephone system, inability to power the VSAT station, or loss of alignment of long-range wireless links. Faced with high costs and unreliable service delivery, customers quickly lose interest, and kiosk deployments are often found to be unsustainable in the long term.
We first released the KioskNet system in July 2007. Since then, we have made the deployment process simpler, re-written big portions of the underlying system to make it more robust, and added comprehensive support for end-to-end security using public-key encryption. We are now releasing the second version of our system. Please click here (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/tetherless/index.php/Deployment_guide) to download the software and learn about how to deploy it.
Photos of pilot deployments
Aaditeshwar Seth set up the first deployment of our solution in Anandapuram, a village in South India, during the week of May 16th, 2006. Here are some photographs.
Rowena Luk set up the second deployment of our solution in Ada, a village in Southeast Ghana, during the week of June 9, 2008. Here are some Photographs_of_the_Ghana_deployment
We have created a short video to provide a high-level overview of the KioskNet system. The video is available here (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/tetherless/video_old).
Here is an overview of our architecture. Here is a link to a brochure from Microsoft Research about our work (http://research.microsoft.com/erp/digincl/casestudies/Waterloo.pdf) and to a recent paper (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/tetherless/images/c/c0/Kiosknet.pdf). More detail can be found in this slightly out-of-date paper (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/keshav/home/Papers/data/06/mobicom06.pdf) which appeared in Mobicom 2006.
A video of a talk describing this work delivered at Google in March 2006 and titled Low-Cost Internet Access using mechanical backhaul (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/tetherless/shared_files/intel-3-06.ppt) is available on Google video (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5560803111464678947).
The Waterloo Record also did a feature piece (http://news.therecord.com/article/317346) on KioskNet in Mar 2008. A pdf version of this is here (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/tetherless/images/e/e0/Better_connections-KioskNet.pdf)
We have published several papers on KioskNet, which you can find here (http://blizzard.cs.uwaterloo.ca/tetherless/index.php/Papers_by_area#Bus_and_Kiosk_Networks).
Quick Start Program
We would love to have the chance to help your organization provide services to remote areas using KioskNet technology. In fact, if you qualify for the KioskNet Quick Start Program , we will be happy to ship to you, free of cost, the equipment you will need for a trial deployment.
Projects using KioskNet
AMITA Telemedicine is a non-profit association working to develop a sustainable, collaborative model for telemedical consultation in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more on the AMITA website (http://www.amitatelemedicine.org).
Gram-Vaani is a non-profit initiative to enable media services in rural India using community radio. Read more on the Gram Vaani website (http://www.gramvaani.org).
Support for this project comes from Microsoft under its Digital Inclusion program (http://research.microsoft.com/ur/us/fundingopps/RFPs/DigitalInclusion_2005_RFP_Awards.aspx).
Prof. S. Keshav
Phone: +1 519 888 4567 x34456