Communicating on the move: on the Pichi-Richi Railway
The original telegraph crossing Australia followed the old Ghan train line. Try out experimental new software that lets you use your mobile phone like a CB radio. We will be on board the Afghan Express providing you with the chance to use your mobile phone where telegraph used to be the only option!
|When:||Saturday, August 17 2013. 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM|
|Where:||Port Augusta Railway Station|
Stirling Road and Flinders Terrace, Port Augusta, SA, 5700
|What:||Hands-on activity, Talk / Lecture, Workshop|
|Theme:||Innovation and technology|
|Cost:||You will need a normal ticket to ride on The Afghan Express from the Pichi-Richi Rail Preservation Society.|
Mobile phones are great for helping people keep connected, but only while there is a network.
But what if the mobile phones themselves could be the network, combining the best features of CB radio and mobile phones?
Could this help people communicate when they are traveling, working and living in remote places?
Following in the footsteps of the original telegraph line that provided the first telecommunications into the interior of the country, we will be on board the Afghan Express steam train that follows part of the original telegraph route.
But instead of telegraph, you will be able to try communicating using our experimental mobile phone software that lets you use your mobile phone like a 21st century CB radio, complete with text messaging and file sharing, even when there is
While originally designed for use in disasters, our technology is expected to help people in rural and remote areas keep in touch.
We will setup a temporary mobile communication network which will cover the length of the Afghan Express train of the day, allowing people on board to call and text one another using mesh-enabled phones we will supply, or optionally using their own Android mobile phones. If you wish to use your own phone, you might wish to install the Serval Mesh software from the Google Play store first.
We hope to inspire young and old alike to see how digital technologies can be used inventively, just as previous generations used physical technologies to solve the practical challenges of rural and remote communities. Hear how we used our maths and science skills to create this technology.
You can travel return ex-Port Augusta, or one-way from Port Augusta to Quorn, or vice-versa. Normal Pichi-Richi Railway tickets and prices apply.
Image courtesy of The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc. (PRRPS).
Paul Gardner-StephenFlinders UniversityEmail: email@example.comPhone: 0427 679 796