Wi-Fi aid for Haiti

CHF International shared its satellite link with other aid organizations in Haiti via a Wi-Fi network built by Inveneo.


Inveneo Project Director Andris Bjornson, on the roof of the Haitian headquarters of CHF International, installs the base antenna for a series of Wi-Fi links to aid groups across Port-au-Prince. CHF shared its satellite link with other aid organizations via a Wi-Fi network built by Inveneo.

Inveneo technicians were able to install line-of-sight Wi-Fi antennas in Haiti using a compass, GPS and level.

A diagram of Inveneo's Wi-Fi network in Haiti shows how it linked many of the aid organizations in the country to broadband satellite and ISP connections in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Inveneo Chief Innovation Officer Mark Summer tunes the Wi-Fi network that the San Francisco-based nonprofit set up for aid groups after the Haiti earthquake. The tent in front of him was Inveneo's sleeping quarters.

The international community development organization Plan is using the Wi-Fi network built by Inveneo to reach the Internet from its makeshift offices.

In the rush to gather equipment for a Wi-Fi network in earthquake-damaged Haiti, Inveneo bought speaker stands to use as mounts for long-range Wi-Fi radios.

Inveneo's Wi-Fi network is still operating, helping several organizations aid the people of Haiti in the wake of the disastrous Jan. 12 earthquake. Following its experience in Haiti, the high-tech nonprofit may assemble a set of Wi-Fi equipment for fast deployment after the world's next major disaster.