Re: [WISPA] Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti

2010-01-18 Thread Marlon K. Schafer
Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in HaitiThanks Nimesh,

To the board, we sponsored a site to take donations for Katrina.  I'd like to 
suggest that we turn that back on for donations for use in any disaster and 
that we kick loose any remaining funds for the Haiti event.

To the membership, WISPA has worked with New America for many years.  We are 
*mostly* on the same page and I know many of the people involved personally.  
This is a real group of people that do real things, not just a guy or two 
trying to profit from disasters.

Nimesh, if you come up with anything even more specific let us know.

laters,
marlon

  - Original Message - 
  From: Nimesh Parikh 
  To: Marlon Schafer 
  Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 8:03 AM
  Subject: Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti


  Hi Marlon,

  Thanks for the response. 

  Money is always good. If you come across any people willing to go to Haiti to 
do the installations, please point them to me. 

  Here is our plan - We are planning to install 100 wireless hotspots for 
various NGOs. These hotspots will be connected by WiMAX and Outdoor WiFi links 
and then to satellite hubs for outside connectivity. I think we have the radio 
equipment. Now I am in discussions with Satellite companies to connect to their 
links. I am also looking for Solar panels, Indoor WiFi routers etc. 

  All this equipment will be carried by a team of 4-6 people. You may know Earl 
Campbell from Uphi.net? At Tsunami time we had sponsored him, Peggy Townsend 
and couple of other guys to go to Aceh. They spent 4 months there and thus have 
the experience of what it is like to work in such type of hostile environment. 
I just made an arrangement for this team to work side by side with the ITU's 
team so we can expand the project scope. 

  I hope this gives you an idea about out activities and find some common areas 
to help. 


  With warm regards,


  Nimesh D. PARIKH




--
  From: Marlon Schafer o...@odessaoffice.com
  Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:43:51 -0800
  To: Nimesh Parikh nimesh.par...@smartbridges.com
  Subject: Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti

  Hi Nimesh,

  I'd be happy to help.  We've (wispa) already been working on getting money to 
groups that are helping.

  Do you have any more specific requests?

  Laters,
  marlon



- Original Message - 
 
From:  Nimesh Parikh mailto:nimesh.par...@smartbridges.com  
 
To: Marlon Schafer mailto:o...@odessaoffice.com  
 
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 8:43  PM
 
Subject: Support for Comms Infrastructure  Setup in Haiti
 


Hi Marlon,

I hope things are going well for  you. It has been a long time since we 
last communicated. 

I would like  to ask for your help to organize some sponsorships to support 
the rapid  deployment of wireless communication network in the Haiti disaster 
area.  

At the Tsunami disaster time in Aceh (Indonesia), we had sponsored a  team 
of volunteer engineers and provide them our wireless equipment to  establish 
early communication network. It was a very effective project (see  attached 
slide). And in fact that wireless network was the only means of  communication 
for the NGOs for many weeks. In the attached picture you see the  Red Cross 
Head Quarters and the doctors using the Internet to communicate  with the 
outside world. 

The same team of volunteers have approached me  and I have agreed to 
sponsor them. We are providing them equipment and  financial support. They are 
preparing to go to Haiti and install the wireless  communication capabilities. 
In order to up-scope their efforts, we are also  undertaking the coordination 
efforts with our business partners (customers,  suppliers, friends ...), to 
contribute their resources so that collectively we  are able to sponsor more 
equipment and more volunteers to help rebuild the  Haiti's communication 
infrastructure. We already have few WiMAX and WiFi  equipment manufacturers 
supporting this effort. We are in discussions with the  manufacturers of 
Towers, Antennas, VoIP equipment, computers, Satellite  service providers etc 
to make this as complete as possible.

I believe  we have sufficient equipment for the first batch. Now some money 
is coming in  so that we can buy the raw materials (already subsidized by 
contributions from  vendors). This raw material is being converted into 
wireless products  (manufacturing cost is further absorbed by the partners) and 
then we will send  over to Haiti. So all in all, we are able to make the 
contributions go a long  way in supporting the end goal. 

I hope you are able to use your  contacts in the industry and get some 
contributions for this important cause.  We can use help in all aspects - 
Equipment, Money, Volunteers to help install  ..., just use your imagination. 


With warm  regards,



Re: [WISPA] Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti

2010-01-18 Thread Jack Unger
I'd suggest a three-fold approach.

1. The Board makes a direct contribution to Nimesh's group (say, $1500).

2. The Board asks members to consider making a further direct donation 
to Nimesh's group.

3. The Board asks hotspot vendors to consider donating x number of 
hotspots to Nimesh's group.

We'll need to get info for how to donate to N's group. Maybe Marlon can 
get that.

jack


Marlon K. Schafer wrote:
 Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in HaitiThanks Nimesh,

 To the board, we sponsored a site to take donations for Katrina.  I'd like to 
 suggest that we turn that back on for donations for use in any disaster and 
 that we kick loose any remaining funds for the Haiti event.

 To the membership, WISPA has worked with New America for many years.  We are 
 *mostly* on the same page and I know many of the people involved personally.  
 This is a real group of people that do real things, not just a guy or two 
 trying to profit from disasters.

 Nimesh, if you come up with anything even more specific let us know.

 laters,
 marlon

   - Original Message - 
   From: Nimesh Parikh 
   To: Marlon Schafer 
   Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 8:03 AM
   Subject: Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti


   Hi Marlon,

   Thanks for the response. 

   Money is always good. If you come across any people willing to go to Haiti 
 to do the installations, please point them to me. 

   Here is our plan - We are planning to install 100 wireless hotspots for 
 various NGOs. These hotspots will be connected by WiMAX and Outdoor WiFi 
 links and then to satellite hubs for outside connectivity. I think we have 
 the radio equipment. Now I am in discussions with Satellite companies to 
 connect to their links. I am also looking for Solar panels, Indoor WiFi 
 routers etc. 

   All this equipment will be carried by a team of 4-6 people. You may know 
 Earl Campbell from Uphi.net? At Tsunami time we had sponsored him, Peggy 
 Townsend and couple of other guys to go to Aceh. They spent 4 months there 
 and thus have the experience of what it is like to work in such type of 
 hostile environment. I just made an arrangement for this team to work side by 
 side with the ITU's team so we can expand the project scope. 

   I hope this gives you an idea about out activities and find some common 
 areas to help. 


   With warm regards,


   Nimesh D. PARIKH




 --
   From: Marlon Schafer o...@odessaoffice.com
   Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:43:51 -0800
   To: Nimesh Parikh nimesh.par...@smartbridges.com
   Subject: Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti

   Hi Nimesh,

   I'd be happy to help.  We've (wispa) already been working on getting money 
 to groups that are helping.

   Do you have any more specific requests?

   Laters,
   marlon



 - Original Message - 
  
 From:  Nimesh Parikh mailto:nimesh.par...@smartbridges.com  
  
 To: Marlon Schafer mailto:o...@odessaoffice.com  
  
 Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 8:43  PM
  
 Subject: Support for Comms Infrastructure  Setup in Haiti
  


 Hi Marlon,

 I hope things are going well for  you. It has been a long time since we 
 last communicated. 

 I would like  to ask for your help to organize some sponsorships to 
 support the rapid  deployment of wireless communication network in the Haiti 
 disaster area.  

 At the Tsunami disaster time in Aceh (Indonesia), we had sponsored a  
 team of volunteer engineers and provide them our wireless equipment to  
 establish early communication network. It was a very effective project (see  
 attached slide). And in fact that wireless network was the only means of  
 communication for the NGOs for many weeks. In the attached picture you see 
 the  Red Cross Head Quarters and the doctors using the Internet to 
 communicate  with the outside world. 

 The same team of volunteers have approached me  and I have agreed to 
 sponsor them. We are providing them equipment and  financial support. They 
 are preparing to go to Haiti and install the wireless  communication 
 capabilities. In order to up-scope their efforts, we are also  undertaking 
 the coordination efforts with our business partners (customers,  suppliers, 
 friends ...), to contribute their resources so that collectively we  are able 
 to sponsor more equipment and more volunteers to help rebuild the  Haiti's 
 communication infrastructure. We already have few WiMAX and WiFi  equipment 
 manufacturers supporting this effort. We are in discussions with the  
 manufacturers of Towers, Antennas, VoIP equipment, computers, Satellite  
 service providers etc to make this as complete as possible.

 I believe  we have sufficient equipment for the first batch. Now some 
 money is coming in  so that we can buy the raw materials (already subsidized 
 by contributions from  vendors). This raw material is 

Re: [WISPA] Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti

2010-01-18 Thread Marlon K. Schafer
Nimesh???
marlon

- Original Message - 
From: Jack Unger jun...@ask-wi.com
To: WISPA General List wireless@wispa.org
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti


 I'd suggest a three-fold approach.

 1. The Board makes a direct contribution to Nimesh's group (say, $1500).

 2. The Board asks members to consider making a further direct donation
 to Nimesh's group.

 3. The Board asks hotspot vendors to consider donating x number of
 hotspots to Nimesh's group.

 We'll need to get info for how to donate to N's group. Maybe Marlon can
 get that.

 jack


 Marlon K. Schafer wrote:
 Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in HaitiThanks Nimesh,

 To the board, we sponsored a site to take donations for Katrina.  I'd 
 like to suggest that we turn that back on for donations for use in any 
 disaster and that we kick loose any remaining funds for the Haiti event.

 To the membership, WISPA has worked with New America for many years.  We 
 are *mostly* on the same page and I know many of the people involved 
 personally.  This is a real group of people that do real things, not just 
 a guy or two trying to profit from disasters.

 Nimesh, if you come up with anything even more specific let us know.

 laters,
 marlon

   - Original Message - 
   From: Nimesh Parikh
   To: Marlon Schafer
   Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 8:03 AM
   Subject: Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti


   Hi Marlon,

   Thanks for the response.

   Money is always good. If you come across any people willing to go to 
 Haiti to do the installations, please point them to me.

   Here is our plan - We are planning to install 100 wireless hotspots for 
 various NGOs. These hotspots will be connected by WiMAX and Outdoor WiFi 
 links and then to satellite hubs for outside connectivity. I think we 
 have the radio equipment. Now I am in discussions with Satellite 
 companies to connect to their links. I am also looking for Solar panels, 
 Indoor WiFi routers etc.

   All this equipment will be carried by a team of 4-6 people. You may 
 know Earl Campbell from Uphi.net? At Tsunami time we had sponsored him, 
 Peggy Townsend and couple of other guys to go to Aceh. They spent 4 
 months there and thus have the experience of what it is like to work in 
 such type of hostile environment. I just made an arrangement for this 
 team to work side by side with the ITU's team so we can expand the 
 project scope.

   I hope this gives you an idea about out activities and find some common 
 areas to help.


   With warm regards,


   Nimesh D. PARIKH




 --
   From: Marlon Schafer o...@odessaoffice.com
   Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:43:51 -0800
   To: Nimesh Parikh nimesh.par...@smartbridges.com
   Subject: Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti

   Hi Nimesh,

   I'd be happy to help.  We've (wispa) already been working on getting 
 money to groups that are helping.

   Do you have any more specific requests?

   Laters,
   marlon



 - Original Message - 

 From:  Nimesh Parikh mailto:nimesh.par...@smartbridges.com

 To: Marlon Schafer mailto:o...@odessaoffice.com

 Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 8:43  PM

 Subject: Support for Comms Infrastructure  Setup in Haiti



 Hi Marlon,

 I hope things are going well for  you. It has been a long time since 
 we last communicated.

 I would like  to ask for your help to organize some sponsorships to 
 support the rapid  deployment of wireless communication network in the 
 Haiti disaster area.

 At the Tsunami disaster time in Aceh (Indonesia), we had sponsored a 
 team of volunteer engineers and provide them our wireless equipment to 
 establish early communication network. It was a very effective project 
 (see  attached slide). And in fact that wireless network was the only 
 means of  communication for the NGOs for many weeks. In the attached 
 picture you see the  Red Cross Head Quarters and the doctors using the 
 Internet to communicate  with the outside world.

 The same team of volunteers have approached me  and I have agreed to 
 sponsor them. We are providing them equipment and  financial support. 
 They are preparing to go to Haiti and install the wireless  communication 
 capabilities. In order to up-scope their efforts, we are also 
 undertaking the coordination efforts with our business partners 
 (customers,  suppliers, friends ...), to contribute their resources so 
 that collectively we  are able to sponsor more equipment and more 
 volunteers to help rebuild the  Haiti's communication infrastructure. We 
 already have few WiMAX and WiFi  equipment manufacturers supporting this 
 effort. We are in discussions with the  manufacturers of Towers, 
 Antennas, VoIP equipment, computers, Satellite  service providers etc to 
 make this as complete as possible.

 I

Re: [WISPA] Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in Haiti

2010-01-18 Thread Jeremy Parr
2010/1/18 Marlon K. Schafer o...@odessaoffice.com:
 Re: Support for Comms Infrastructure Setup in HaitiThanks Nimesh,

 To the board, we sponsored a site to take donations for Katrina.  I'd like to 
 suggest that we turn that back on for donations for use in any disaster and 
 that we kick loose any remaining funds for the Haiti event.

 To the membership, WISPA has worked with New America for many years.  We are 
 *mostly* on the same page and I know many of the people involved personally.  
 This is a real group of people that do real things, not just a guy or two 
 trying to profit from disasters.

 Nimesh, if you come up with anything even more specific let us know.

The big problem down there right now communications wise, is diesel.
There is a microwave link from DR to a large NAP, and they are down to
eight hours of fuel. This would be a great place to start. There is a
thread on NANOG at the moment in regards to this, and even mentions
the diverse group of wireless people (Prounounced: Camp Shagnasty)
who helped out in Katrina.

http://www.merit.edu/mail.archives/nanog/msg04234.html



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