The project was born in the darkness of the blackouts that affected the country during March of this year. At that time, in addition to power failures, citizens had great problems acquiring food and other supplies. Project leader Randy Brito recognized the need for a means to allow people to stay connected and conduct transactions in adverse conditions.
It is born with a clear objective, to allow a low-cost, secure and non-censurable way of communication, through autonomous devices capable of interacting with each other, organizing and cooperating to create a network layer on which users can communicate and send/receive Bitcoin transactions.
The Locha Mesh team has managed to create two devices: the Turpial and the Harpy. The software of the devices is open source and can be consulted by anyone. It operates under a mesh communication system that interconnects nodes. In order to make transactions, at least one of the nodes must have access to the Internet. However, the devices have a range of between 4 to 10 kilometers. Currently, the team is working to increase the range.
The project was presented by Randy Brito at the Lightning Conference in Berlin and promises to be a solution that benefits areas where natural disasters, blackouts or Internet failures have occurred.
Author : Reynaldo