Deployment photographs, by A. Seth

Each kiosk already had a Windows XP PC. We deployed a Soekris net4801 at the kiosk, with a 40GB Toshiba hard disk drive for local storage. The Soekris was connected using a cable to an omnidirectional antenna, that was roof mounted.

Power for the Soekris came from a 42 AH deep discharge car battery, that was charged by two 1200 mA (12V) Powerflex solar panels (http://www.modernoutpost.com/gear/details/it_powerfilm_300.html) mounted on the roof of the kiosk. In the future, we will run the Soekris from AC mains as well, and rely on battery/solar power only for backup.

In the van, we used power from the car battery, but through an inverter and the Soekris power supply, to mitigate against voltage spikes. The car had a magenetically mounted omni antenna.

The gateway was in Vishakapatnam. Because the van was parked below the computer room, it was necessary to place the omni antenna outside the building. It is currently dangling from the window!


It all started in our lab in Waterloo

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Aaditeshwar Seth went to Vishakapatnam district. In this map, each dot represents a kiosk set up be eGovServices:

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Here is the village of Anandapuram

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Here is the kiosk in the village of Anandapuram, in Andhra Pradesh, India:

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Here is the Windows XP PC in the kiosk:

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Everything is powered using car batteries

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These are the services provided by the kiosk, and the rates for these services:

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We added an antenna to the front of the kiosk:

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And a solar panel for power:

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We also bought a recycled PC from a store like this one:

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And hooked it up to a Soekris, so that it boots up as debian. See the How-To if you want to do this yourself.

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A Soekris box in the kiosk uses the antenna to talk to another Soekris in a car. Here is the car:

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The Soekris in the van is powered from the car battery using an inverter. Note the use of foam padding to reduce vibrations:

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This is the installed Soekris in the car:

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We got power from the car battery:

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The van carries data to a gateway, shown below. Note that the van is parked below the building, so we had to dangle the antenna (circled) from the window. We will make this installation more permanent shortly!

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The wire from the window comes to another Soekris, which then wireless communicates with a Windows PC at the other end.

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