WingNet is a brand new Danish start-up that has the bold purpose of creating the Web accessible to the many individuals on the planet who can not afford their very own broadband connection.
Typically the complete capability of a traditional Web connection isn’t utilized, so why not make it doable for a number of individuals to share the identical connection? This was the concept of Kasper Svendsen, who has labored and travelled in lots of creating international locations and seen how many individuals reside with out Web, and thus with out the chance to take part in fashionable life.
“The Web impacts nearly each facet of society and acts as a strong financial engine. However many individuals don’t profit from this progress as a result of they lack Web entry. This impacts each the financial system and high quality of life in a broader sense. Digital options in areas like schooling and well being can develop individuals’s alternatives,” he explains.
Kasper Svendsen determined to do one thing about the issue, and develop a expertise that enables a number of individuals to hook as much as the identical Web connection. And that is the place his youthful brother, Emil Svendsen, got here into the image. Kasper studied at Copenhagen Enterprise College. His brother is at present learning electrical engineering at DTU, and has had an ardent curiosity in wi-fi communication, wi-fi expertise, and open networks for various years.
The antenna distributes the sign
The brothers explored varied choices and located the answer in ‘mesh expertise’, the place as an alternative of getting a important router, a number of wi-fi units talk freely with one another.
“The mesh algorithms discover the shortest and quickest path, regardless of the place within the community you might be related,” Kasper explains.
With recommendation, monetary assist, and assist to check the expertise from DTU, Emil Svendsen constructed a prototype based mostly on an present mesh antenna. The elements already existed and weren’t too costly, so prices may very well be saved down. The antenna is versatile and cellular, and is about ten centimetres in diameter and 5 centimetres tall.
The antenna permits anybody with a broadband connection to create a wi-fi community and share their Web with neighbours or others inside a sure vary. An app information how a lot visitors every individual makes use of, for billing functions. Finish-users solely pay for the quantity of Web they use.
Pilot initiatives in Thailand
As soon as the expertise was in place, the 2 brothers introduced 4 different individuals into WingNet. Kasper Svendsen is CEO, whereas Emil Svendsen is Technical Supervisor on the firm, and has made contact with an organization that may produce the antennas. Kasper Svendsen has moved to Thailand, the place he has entered right into a strategic partnership with a Thai firm to assist WingNet get established within the native market.
Two pilot initiatives are underneath means in cooperation with native NGOs. One is being arrange in corridor of residence and can primarily re-test and make sure that the expertise works. The second is being arrange in Thailand’s largest slum, Khlong Toei, with approx. 100,000 inhabitants. This will probably be a extra essential proof of idea, amongst the meant goal group.
WingNet additionally has promising contacts in Cambodia and Indonesia, however the corona pandemic is at present stopping all journey. Paradoxically, the corona state of affairs additionally appears to be serving to to advance the corporate’s plans. As in different international locations, residents of Thailand have been despatched house from their workplaces, colleges, and academic establishments. That is making extra individuals depending on Web entry.
“The Authorities of Thailand has an official purpose of offering Web entry for as many as doable of the estimated 16.5 million residents with out it. They’ve introduced that it’s time to meet this purpose, and we see our product as a good way of reaching this,” says Kasper Svendsen.
Since DTU went into corona lockdown, Emil Svendsen has been working to enhance the antenna from his small house workplace. He accomplished his engineering research in February 2021, and may now commit himself to WingNet full-time.
“We in all probability must get a big investor with some monetary muscle on board. It’s not only a matter of refining the antenna and platform, but additionally getting onto the market. However I’ve little doubt in regards to the viability of our product, and that the most important ISPs will even be capable to see the profit by way of financial savings on cable excavation work and improved vary. Will probably be cheaper for them, whereas additionally being an enormous step ahead for the tens of millions of people that reside with out Web entry,” he says.