Internet access is often seen as a given, but the process of connecting the developed world has been a hot button issue among the Silicon Valley elite. Any number of suggestions have been made, and some high concept attempts have ultimately failed in their deployment. The MeshBox Foundation is seeking to leverage a combination of their MeshBox technology and the upcoming release of the MESH token to introduce connectivity to those remote locations.

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This article originally appeared on Medium, and was republished here with the permission of the author.

Previous attempts by tech giants like Facebook and Google have ultimately failed due to over-engineering. Satellite and drone based WiFi may yet become the norm, but in the short term, developing nations need a measure that can be deployed quickly and effectively. The most logical solution is developing a robust mesh networking system that allows a local community to access many of the features of the Internet through their own internal network. Any number of computers, tablets or smart devices can link into the mesh network and access local websites, media and file storage. If any one device is connected to the Internet, the others can use the mesh network to access this connection as well. Even if the mesh network is severed from the Internet at large, the networking function is still fully usable.

Meshbox Protocol Network

The Technology behind Mesh Networking

The MeshBox device acts as a mesh networking hub directly out of the box. Rather than the inherent difficulties of creating a network between disparate devices, they can connect directly to the MeshBox and immediately have access to the mesh network therein. Multiple MeshBox devices can be linked together to create a larger geographical area, as well as a larger storage base for media and file sharing.

Within the MeshBox network, devices will access local pages and media through the SmartMesh protocol at a lightning fast rate — even in areas where internet connectivity is poor or non-existent. In locations where there may only be a single internet connection at a central location, an installed MeshBox can share that connection with any other device on the SmartMesh network.

How the MeshBox System can be Deployed in Remote Locations

Lacks of internet and electrical infrastructure have both been taken into account during development of the MeshBox. A single device is able to run off of solar power, and can project their signal up to 2km with that electrical supply. A series of these self-sufficient devices can link entire remote and undeveloped villages or towns into a community-wide intranet. From there, local governments can provide quick access to critical information; enterprising individuals can create media or music marketplaces and even establish a local e-commerce system.

This level of connectivity can have an immense impact on developing nations. Investing in a single point of access to the Internet could link their entire village into the global network and provide a near limitless supply of information. This information — anything from plans for critical equipment to weather and atmospheric data — can be stored locally on the mesh network for rapid access by anyone in the area.

How the MeshBox can Lighten Server Loads in Developed Areas

Even the First World can benefit from the mesh networking provided by MeshBox. Large events that have attracted far beyond the usual amount of network traffic can plan in advance to distribute an appropriate amount of the devices around the venue. With enough capacity, the mesh network can allow attendees to easily access event information without routing directly through to an Internet site. As a direct result, traffic through local cell networks and wireless routers will decrease exponentially and should no longer slow to a crawl.

If the event planners wish, they can also connect the mesh network to the Internet, and use the internal SmartMesh protocol to distribute traffic and lighten the server load. This way, individual users uploading to social media will not bog down the local networks and everyone will continue to have access through the course of the event.

Integration of the MESH Token

Within the SmartMesh protocol, the MESH blockchain token can be used to fund certain actions — and can be earned for facilitating them. Users wishing to store files and media on the local mesh network can do so by spending a certain amount of their MESH token supply. They can then charge others for accessing that media, or provide it freely if they wish. MeshBox devices that are connected to the Internet can charge for access to that connection, helping to create an internal community e-commerce market.

Once the MESH token is established as having monetary value, it can then be used as a form of digital currency for real world goods. Purchases can be made through the mesh network and MESH tokens can be traded back and forth in areas where electronic banking is completely unknown. Ultimately, the MeshBox Foundation may have found the solution to the world’s connectivity issues — in a cost effective, scalable and easily implemented SmartMesh protocol network.


This article originally appeared on Medium, and was republished here with the permission of the author.

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