[HOT] Smartphones using wifi in the field If you ain't in the field or techie ignore this post.

Franz-Josef Behr franz-josef.behr at hft-stuttgart.de
Mon Feb 8 15:35:23 UTC 2016

An alternative could be using text messages in additional.

At our University a student is just finishing his Master thesis. He 
developed a framework for the collection of point based data based on 
Internet AND cellular network (based on ideas provided by Harry 
Ferdiansyah from Indonesia). In the latter case SMS text messages are 
used for the transfer of information. The information chunks which can 
be submitted are based on a configurable thesaurus to assure consistency 
and further automatic processing.

The data transfered using Internet or cellular network are stored in a 
server-based MYSQL dbms.

Regards Franz-Josef

Am 03.02.2016 um 15:02 schrieb Mhairi O'Hara:
> Cheers John! We're collecting data on financial services, education 
> and health facilities in Eastern Uganda and are looking for sharing 
> solutions that don't involve the internet. With up to 50 students at 
> times, sharing files via usb sticks and external hard drives is not 
> ideal as it can be time consuming. Will look into the setup to see if 
> it could work for us here.
> Mhairi
> On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM, Katja Ulbert <mail at katja-ulbert.de 
> <mailto:mail at katja-ulbert.de>> wrote:
>     Thanks for this valuable information, John!
>     On 31/01/16 22:34, Pete Masters wrote:
>>     Really interesting, John.... Thanks for the post. Just conducted
>>     training in DRC on data collection and base mapping. We tried to
>>     focus as much as possible on offline solutions. Wish I'd read
>>     this before we'd been, not just after! ;)
>>     Pete
>>     On 31 Jan 2016 20:35, "john whelan" <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
>>     <mailto:jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>         I've been playing around with Serval software on Android. 
>>         Ideally it needs a wifi mesh set up using multiple firmware
>>         modified TP-Link MR3020 portable routers with custom software
>>         connected to a small radio device which turns it into a mesh
>>         extender.
>>         The original concept was to turn the smartphone into a router
>>         but the latest Android software well anything above 2.2
>>         denies access to do this.  Besides which rooting the phone in
>>         this manner is not good from the security point of view.
>>         However if you are running Windows 10 and your Laptop
>>         supports it, most should, you can turn your laptop into a
>>         wifi hot spot that other devices can connect to. Note you
>>         should not need to be connected to the Internet for this to work.
>>         Translation Android smartphones running Serval within say 100
>>         meters of the laptop  can now talk to each other.  I haven't
>>         tried a phone call, I don't have two Smartphones to hand, but
>>         messaging certainly works.
>>         You should also be able to transfer files certainly from one
>>         smartphone to another and if Serval doesn't support file
>>         transfer to the host laptop there are other apps around that
>>         do.  So things like the latest maps for Osmand etc can be
>>         brought down once to the laptop then propagated out to
>>         smartphones or a smartphone sent by mail, mule etc to the
>>         wifi hub can then connect and distribute files etc.
>>         I haven't looked at the implications of interconnecting
>>         laptops perhaps with cat 5 cables and although phone calls
>>         should be fine across one wifi hub theoretically each hub
>>         used in the hops adds a small delay so voice quality over
>>         multiple hops may not be ideal.
>>         Cheerio John
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