Enhanced WiFi plans for the seafront during Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
As part of this year’s Fossil Festival the Lyme Regis Development Trust are planning to provide enhanced WiFi connectivity in the seafront area of the town and Monmouth Beach.
Recently team member Ed Baker, Biodiversity Information and Drupal Developer, The Natural History Museum and The Buckland Club spent a few days in Barcelona with leaders of the guifi.net project. This project uses long distance WiFi links to connect remote communities.
Long distance, directional WiFi antennas are used to link base stations (called nodes) over several kilometers. This type of long distance connection solves the problem of sharing internet access from buildings along the seafront with users both in the Fossil Festival marquee and using the digital tools we have developed on the beach.
Long distance antennae are used to connect the buildings’ internet access with mobile base stations in the marquee and on the beach. These base stations then use a standard WiFi router to share their incoming connection with nearby wireless devices.
Using this technology visitors to the Fossil Festival staying in Lyme Regis hotels and other Lyme Regis accommodation will be able to access digital tools that facilitate learning about the geology and biology of our Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Published on 25/04/2012.