Tethr is proud to be a participant in this year’s Google I/O Sandbox. The sold-out event will take place in San Francisco June 27th-29th. We are looking forward to showing some very neat new features.
We’ve partnered with Tropo to bring WebRTC to our platform. WebRTC allows you to talk with people connected to Tethr using your web browser without any plugins. This currently works on Google Chrome, but will be coming soon to other browsers.
We will be demonstrating a laptop and web browser making a phone call to a GSM phone network hosted by Tethr using the OpenBTS software from Range Networks. This is revolutionary technology that enhances user experience and capability in a great new way.
Imagine a radio station set up after a disaster. The Tethr-powered radio station provides information to its listeners, but also allows people around it to connect via GSM phones to pass in new information. The radio station can host a call-in program using a laptop for maximum audio quality and ease-of-use.
That same setup can be used after a disaster to let affected people make telephone calls anywhere in the world using a laptop set up at an aid station.
Tropo also powers Tethr’s ability to take SMS messages and pass them into our Ushahidi crisis map as incident reports. Tethr can also set up a local IVR (Interactive Voice Response) so that anyone connected via Wifi or GSM can file an incident report by answering simple questions.
1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]
Build a portable information hub and associated services that let journalists, NGOs or anyone else get critical data from the field.
2. How will your project make data more useful? [50 words]
Our hub with local applications allows anyone,…
We just finished selecting the 51 proposals that will go to the next round of the Knight News Challenge on networks. (You can see 50 of them listed below; one was a closed entry we don’t have permission from the applicant to share.)