TRIPLE is an innovative
local wireless mesh network concept which uses satellite for backhaul.
The system was designed for deployment in particularly those population
centres without cable-based internet access. The Belgian town of Mont-Saint-Guibert,
30 km from Brussels, hosted TRIPLE's demonstration. Systems for security,
Intelligent Traffic System and other internet-based applications that
TRIPLE could support were also exhibited at a public event in the town.
TRIPLE is an example
of both public-private and local-level cooperation between Europe and
Africa for development. Consultation took place during the project with
persons already active in Mont-Saint-Guilbert's cooperation with a twin
community in the Kigali area as well as with the cabinet of the European
Commissioner for Development.
Thanks are extended
by the demonstration organizers, Systemics Network International and
SpecterCAT, to the Mayor and Commune of Mont-Saint-Guibert for its cooperation
in the demonstration project and to the other organizations which participated
in making it and the public exhibitation around it a success, notably
Eutelsat, Vitrociset Spa, Group4 Securicor, Icoms Detections, the Catholic
University of Louvain's IT engineering department, and the investment
of the topography at Mont-Saint-Guibert revealed challenges in radio
planning that required further technical and operational study. This
has led to TRIPLE's further development being suspended but not cancelled.
The project remains under consideration under the lead of Systemics
Network International. Particular attention is being given to all-satellite
versus TRIPLE-type solutions for the best combination of cost-effectiveness
and practicability of deployment and operations.
Solving these issues
promises a radical improvement to connectivity in Africa and other areas
poorly served by internet but requires innovative and effective local
system management and utilization arrangements to bring sustainable
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