A wise man once said, “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.” That wise man was Will Ferrell.

Living in North America we are spoiled by our ability to connect to the Internet. The norm is that more and more Wifi spots are opening up.

I can connect to the Internet in the grocery store these days without using my data. Sometimes I even send messages to someone in the same room electronically – so reliant on the Internet and lazy I have become.

But what if this wasn’t the case? What if data was so expensive you could only afford to send a few messages electronically per day? Or if you were outside of a cell tower signal completely and had no Internet connection?

Often when going abroad, we realise how well off we are in our interconnected world. Being without the Internet for more than about an hour for a North American is frustrating and gives a sense of being disconnected.

Traditional internet access requires signals to be sent up to the network and back down to the receiving device. With mesh technology, the devices will talk to each other via WiFi or Bluetooth, no internet access needed.Each device becomes a node in the mesh which stores the message and then passes it on to the next node. The mesh becomes stronger the more people it has on it, unlike traditional cell networks which may slow or come to a standstill if overloaded.

Each device becomes a node in the mesh which stores the message and then passes it on to the next node. The mesh becomes stronger the more people it has on it, unlike traditional cell networks which may slow or come to a standstill if overloaded.

The cost of this type of infrastructure is low, as you can build out the network by adding new devices to the mix. Also, the network will not collapse if one of the devices fails. It will just default to using the remaining devices to transfer the message.

Mesh technology will allow many different types of communications to be transferred from device to device. One could transfer educational materials in rural areas via phones. People could collaborate in a stadium to share their thoughts on the current game or teams.

Other areas that it will become useful; you will be able to transfer funds to a person standing next you. You could even control home devices from your mobile device such as your TV, car, or washing machine.Now if I only I could get it to cook me dinner and empty the dishwasher… maybe one day!

Now if I only I could get it to cook me dinner and empty the dishwasher… maybe one day!

Author
Caryl Longden
Project Manager