Here’s a Cheeky Solution to Spotty WiFi Services in Cities

Practically anything that moves can carry a wifi access point/router that can mesh with other similar mobile “hotspots” and provide Internet for anyone who wants to use Internet.

That includes anyone wanting Internet on their mobile phone.

A massive mobile Wi-Fi network that could be a model for many cities was launched in the city of Porto, Portugal.

Buses and taxis are equipped with routers that serve as mobile Wi-Fi hot spots for tens of thousands of riders. The routers also collect data from the vehicles—and from sensors on trash bins around the city—and relay it back to city offices to help with civic planning.

Built by a startup called Veniam, spun out of the University of Porto, it is the largest and most sophisticated vehicle-based network in the world, the company says.

The company recently got $4.9 million in venture funding and set up its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Founder Joao Barros, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Porto, says it plans to expand the service to other cities.

Sources:

http://avc.com/2014/12/veniam/

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533176/hundreds-of-portuguese-buses-and-taxis-are-also-wi-fi-routers/

 

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