A team of final year information and communication technology students from the Gold Coast have won the second biannual Opmantek Award for their innovative industry-based IT project.
The winning team,Joshua Head, Peter Brown, Alexander Hanna and Rhys Bullions, was awarded for their Open Node Observation Deck project to develop a visualisation tool for Village Telco to monitor wireless mobile networks for faults and interference.
Village Telco is an initiative which aims to build low-cost community telephone networks that can be set up in minutes for villages and other small communities anywhere in the world.
The project uses Open Source telephony software and low cost wireless mesh networking technology to deliver affordable telephony anywhere, with a range of products already in place in Africa . The winning project provided a solution that would monitor data for the Village Telco network and to assist in setup and maintenance as well as testing for interference and to chart its effectiveness.