Inveneo Releases Solar Powered VoIP Solution

by Bruce Stewart

Alec Saunders points out that Inveneo has just made a few annoucements, including the release of a solar powered, Asterisk-based VoIP solution for communities where there is little to no access to electricity and communications infrastructure. They're also teaming up with Wyse to take advantage of its thin client technology and have added telecom veteran Dominic Orr to their board.

From Inveneo's mission statement:

Inveneo is a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to empower people in remote and underserved communities and the organizations who serve them through access to computing and communications.

Realizing that there are over 2.5 billion people in the world today who live in rural and remote areas and who have little to no access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Inveneo is out there doing the good work necessary to help these communities. Access to ICT can be a life or death issue, can help with education and economic development, and can greatly aid in the dispatch of humanitarian and emergency aid in times of need.

Inveneo uses open source software in their projects as much as possible and has developed products like a 10 watt PC with 10 watt LCD display, a stationary bicycle stand and power generator, and a Linux-based WiFi access terminal. You know a group that lists Uganda, Hurricane Katrina, and Rwanda for its three completed deployments is doing important work.