Ignacio

Based in Belfort (France), Ignacio obtained his Telecommunications Engineer degree in the Carlos III University of Madrid. He holds also a M. Sc. in Telecommunication Networks for Developing Countries from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, where he has been a member of the Communications and Signal Theory Department for 4 years. Ignacio has a wide experience in engineering telecommunications projects for isolated regions in developing countries (with the NGO Engineers without Borders and the EHAS foundation). Within these organizations, he has been in charge of interdisciplinary projects for creating robust and energy efficient systems for telemedicine purposes and telecommunication infrastructure. Some remarkable projects from this part of his career are the hw and sw development of a low-cost real-time tele-stethoscope for isolated rural areas, or a new architecture to save energy and extend batteries life on GNU/Linux routers. Ignacio worked for the Spanish National Biotechnology Center (CSIC) in the field of electron microscopy image processing as part of the team that developes Xmipp and Scipion software. Finally, he is now dedicated full time to the London-based EyeSeeTea Ltd company where he is also a co-founder director. Due to his previous work in the wireless open-source routers domain and his work on energy efficiency, Ignacio and his company (EyeSeeTea) integrated with Carlos Rey the team that created the FIRE Africa grant proposal to incorporate some power efficiency add-ons to the LibreRouter project, as well as some VoIP-specific new mobile application to make VoIP configuration and calls through LibreRouter easy and straightforward.

Components


Mainboard

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  • Develop OpenWrt/LibreMesh support for the router
  • Field testing
  • 200 units batch production

Power Efficiency Module

  • Secondary board that operates using zigBee
  • if one user wants to use the network, the zigBee radio propagates the signal to switch on the whole network

Solar Power solution (TIA project)

  • Create a prototype of a modular, easy to install, robust, long-lasting and low-cost solar power infrastructure to power a WiFi router and other low-power DC appliances like L.E.D. lights and mobile phone chargers
  • A “plug and play” solution for mounting solar-powered nodes
  • Mainly mechanical engineering development, lead by a South African company
  • Includes the concept of a “primary load” (router wifi) and a “secondary load” (electricity for charging phones or so)

TVWS transceiver

  • Lead by Elektra
  • Early prototypes: https://wiki.freifunk.net/MABB:TVWS

LibreServer

  • https://listas.librerouter.org/mailman/listinfo/libreserver
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Elektra

Elektra Wagenrad is a philosopher (»The philosophy of non-thinking«) and engineer. She is also one of the founders of the German »Freifunk« community wireless network movement http://freifunk.net . Elektra lives in Berlin and develops hardware and software for wireless mesh networks and solar powered systems. She is one of the authors of the book “Wireless Networking in the Developing World” http://www.wndw.net. In 2006 she invented the B.A.T.M.A.N. mesh routing algorithm together with Thomas Lopatic and she has been working for the villagetelco project. www.villagetelco.org In recent years, she has been working on hardware prototypes for 802.11 mesh networks in TV-Whitespace channels. Elektra is developing an open-hardware TV-Whitespace converter RF-frontend for the Libre-Router.

Roadmap

Dates in the future are estimated and thus approximate (+/- 7 days should give good confidence)

  • 2016/04/15: First orientative quote from Dragino.
  • 2016/05/05: Presentation and discussion panel about LibreRouter at BattleMesh v9.
  • 2016/05/12: FRIDA proposal presented.
  • 2016/05/31: FIRE and ISIF proposals presented.
  • 2016/06/24: FRIDA grant approval public announcement.
  • 2016/07/02: First formal organizative meeting, outlined an effective roadmap and team.
  • 2016/07/18: FRIDA project officially started.
  • 2016/07/29: LibreRouter: Spec sheet v1.1
  • 2016/08/31: LibreRouter: Spec sheet v2
  • 2016/10/04: LibreRouter: Spec sheet v3
  • 2016/10/11: FIRE grant approval public announcement. ISIF proposal not approved.
  • 2016/10/20: LibreRouter: Spec sheet v4
  • 2016/10/20: LibreRouter: Order 1 reference boards (DB120) and 2 sample enclosures (CPE-75) from Dragino, to have an early development platform in Barcelona.
  • 2016/11/01: TVWS add-on: first development cycle starts.
  • 2016/11/05: LibreRouter: Spec sheet v5
  • 2016/11/07: LibreRouter: Send initial payment for NRE development to Dragino. Actual circuit design starts.
  • 2016/11/14: FRIDA mid-term report.
  • 2016/11/21: LibreRouter: Dragino sends first version schematic. We review it collectively.
  • 2016/11/25: LibreRouter: Deadline for giving feedback to Dragino about the schematic. Circuit design and production continues.
  • 2017/01/02: LibreRouter: The first batch of prototypes (8 units) is ready to ship. Send final payment for NRE development to Dragino.
  • 2017/01/09: LibreRouter: Prototypes arrive at destinations (Argentina, Catalunya, Germany, South Africa). Testing of the devices is undertaken during the following weeks.
  • 2017/02/01: Hackaton in QuintanaLibre starts.
  • 2017/02/28: Hackaton in QuintanaLibre ends.
  • 2017/03/xx: LibreRouter: First batch of 200 units is produced by Dragino.
  • 2017/04/01: TVWS add-on: first batch of prototypes ready. Tests are conducted during the following weeks, until the end of the first development cycle.
  • 2017/05/01: TVWS add-on: second development cycle starts.
  • 2017/07/01: TVWS add-on: second batch of prototypes ready. Tests are conducted during the following weeks.
  • 2017/09/01: TVWS add-on: first production batch of 20 units by Dragino.
  • 2017/10/31: FRIDA and FIRE projects end.
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