Silicon Valley Demonstrates Community Approach to Communications

This is a great article regarding Carnegie Mellon's efforts to improve community resilience through technology.  What do you think of it?

As devastating disasters like Hurricane Sandy have shown, traditional telecommunications infrastructure is highly vulnerable.

But a new project out of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley may have a solution that uses smartphones.

At the university's annual Disaster Management Initiative Workshop, "Making Smart Communities Resilient," Bob Iannucci and students demonstrated the new Survivable Social Networks (SSN) project.

The goal is to create a standalone Wi-Fi "bubble" to allow members of a community and emergency personnel to communicate within a local network. For wider communication, such as between two towns, individual "bubbles" could be networked through a satellite...

Disaster Management-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University.