With so much of wireless technology seemingly directed to making the lives of relatively wealthy people more comfortable, it's nice to see somebody deploying wireless to benefit some of the world's poorest people.
That's what two non-profit companies are doing with a plan to set up wireless mesh networks in rural areas.
Inveneo Inc., and Green WiFi are teaming up to bring solar powered Wi-Fi mesh networks for rural areas, particularly in developing countries.
More information is available at Non-profits team up on solar Wi-Fi.
We wish them well. But EEs who provide their ingenuity to help others are not limited to these two companies.
A group called HumaniNet is sponsoring a "SIM Day" on September 19 in Mountain View. It's a gathering of engineers who've developed wireless technologies for emergency response to earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.
SIM Day will include an actual crisis simulation that allows the participating EEs to re-establish communications in a disaster area.