New America

Resilient Mesh Wireless Technology


Mesh technology turns routers and other wireless devices into decentralized Wi-Fi networks. With OTI’s free, open-source meshing software, wireless networks can grow organically, and route around points of failure if a device loses power or is damaged. The networks allow for sharing of services and apps on the local network and can connect the neighborhood to the global Internet. Along with planning and installing the networks, OTI will train teams of neighborhood “Digital Stewards” to maintain the technology and respond in an emergency to help small businesses in the community have the resources to stay connected before, during and after a disaster.