On June 15th, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced the 21 projects that have received funding through their 2017 Community Investment Program (CIP). I am extremely happy to be part of a collaborative effort to receive support from CIRA to explore mobile mesh technologies to build a better online Canada in the Inuit community of Rigolet.
Working with Dr. Jason Ernst of Left.io, the Inuit community of Rigolet, and graduate students in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph, the project will seek to improve community connectivity through the establishment of a mobile mesh network using BlueTooth, WiFi and WiFi direct enabled devices. The project will also include further development and extension of the eNuk program to work with the mobile mesh network, allowing for improved access and sharing of digital resources, communications, and data.
It is expected that solutions developed as part of this CIRA funded project in the community of Rigolet could be used to improve connectivity in other remote communities of Canada.
The Mobile Mesh Technology program is funded by CIRA’s Community Investment Program.