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The Technology For All Wireless project aims to develop fundamental information technology advances that address the unique needs of  underserved communities and developing regions. Our research objectives include:

  • Development of new wireless network architectures and protocols that enable high-performance ultra-low cost wireless access (link)
  • Development of new health sensing applications that exploit low cost sensing and communication in order to address care of chronic diseases (link)
  • Development of new mobile computing platforms that address the usability needs of developing region (link)

Since 2004, we have operated a research testbed in an under-resourced community in Houston's East End. The network serves over 4,000 community residents via fully programmable network nodes. Community residents can access the network via legacy 802.11 devices or our custom instrumented mobile phones. Moreover, in April 2011, we deployed the first residential node that can access spectrum spanning from unused UHF bands (callsign WF2XPU) up to traditional WiFi bands. The testbed jointly serves as a community resource and a platform for test-driving the above research advances.

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Presentan al MTC bondades de la tecnología estadounidense SuperWifi. Edward Knightly, investigador principal de la Universidad de Rice de Houston-Texas, presentó las bondades de la tecnología "Whitespaaces", también conocida como "SuperWifi", que facilita un acceso eficiente a internet a través de una conexión inalámbrica que utiliza los espacios en blanco existentes en las bandas de transmisión de los canales de TV.
Fitel
(PDF-text)

World on a Wire. Bringing Super Wi-Fi (a service that travels further and penetrates walls better than traditional 2.4 gigahertz Wi-Fi) to underserviced areas of Greater New Orleans.
Art in America, Aimee Walleston
(PDF-text)

Artist eyes unused TV channels for New Orleans project. Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll's latest vision, 'Prospect.3 New Orleans' project would use Rice University 'Super WiFi' being developed by the Rice's Wireless Network Group, directed by Edward Knightly, professor in electrical and computer engineering.
Rice University New and Media
(PDF-text)
Video of the New Orleans demo
You Tube

No, Obama's Not Giving You Free 'Super Wi-Fi' Edward Knightly, professor in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, is quoted in an article about "Super Wi-Fi" technology.
NBCNews.com
Tech News Daily
Life Science

El desarrollo de la tecnologia Super WiFi podria llevar internet a todos
Mexico.CNN.Com

'Super WiFi' poised for growth
(PDF-text)

MNN.com

'Super WiFi' may bring faster Internet (PDF-text)
Iowa Farmer Today

New Wi-Fi Network Rides Unused TV Airwaves (PDF-text)
Innovation News Daily, Francie Diep, Staff Writer

Rice students turn Houston home into super Wi-Fi hot spot
KHOU 11 News

Conectividad, hasta con antenas de TV, probarán investigadores de EE.UU. en Misiones
Noticias del 6 (Buenos Aires Argentina)

Misiones sería prueba piloto para un novedoso sistema de Wi Fi
Con la participación de Investigadores de la Universidad RICE de Houston, Texas (USA), se llevó a cabo esta mañana una conferencia de prensa  con el objeto de informar a la población acerca de avances en alternativas tecnológicas para garantizar la conectividad, en el marco del Plan Estratégico de Comunicación y Conectividad Provincial. Se trata de un proyecto que pretende extender el alcance de las redes WiFi usando las señales de televisión.
Actualidad Sur (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Misiones será prueba piloto para un novedoso sistema de Wi-Fi
Es un proyecto de investigadores de la universidad de Rice, Houston, Texas, Estados Unidos, que se intenta aplicar como alternativa tecnológica para garantizar la conectividad, en el marco del plan estratégico de Comunicación y conectividad provincial. La intención es extender el alcance de las redes WiFi usando las señales de televisión.
Radio Cataratas (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Proponen extender el alcance de las redes WiFi usando antenas de televisión
Ya misiones.com (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Rice University brings white-space network to Houston
Rice University--in partnership with its wireless communications researchers and nonprofit Technology For All (TFA)--announced it will offer prototype in-home white-space hotspot to Houston locals and graduate students involved in putting the trial together.
Fierce Broadband Wireless

Granny uses 'Super Wi-Fi' to watch YouTube videos
Thanks to a partnership between Rice University wireless communications researchers and Houston nonprofit Technology For All, a Houston resident and grandmother's home has become a "Super Wi-Fi" hot spot this month. Edward Knightly, professor in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, and Ryan Guerra, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, are quoted or mentioned.
The Atlantic

Houston grandmother becomes US's first 'Super Wi-Fi' user
Pune Mirror (India)


More and more, white-space use is looking like a rural play
UrgentComm.com


First white spaces access point gives grandma the Internet
ITWorld.com


First White Spaces AP Gives Grandma the Internet
Slashdot


WiFi on Steroids: Could ‘White Space’ save Canada’s Internet?
Macleans (Canada)

Houston grandma is nation's first 'Super Wi-Fi' adopter
Thanks to a partnership between Rice University wireless communications researchers and Houston nonprofit Technology For All, a Houston resident and grandmother's home has become a "Super Wi-Fi" hot spot this month. Edward Knightly, professor in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, and Ryan Guerra, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, are quoted or mentioned in the articles. Guerra is pictured in the Fast Company, the Register and TheGadgetGuyColumn.com articles.
Fast Company

Texas grandma gets first 'Super Wi-Fi'
The Register (U.K.)

1st white spaces access point gives grandma the internet
PC World
(This article also appeared in Computerworld, NetworkWorld.com, IDG.no and CIO.com.)

Rice University, TFA partnership makes Houston grandmother's home 'Super Wi-Fi' hot spot
TMCNet.com

'Super Wi-Fi' white spaces test launches in east Houston neighborhood
TMCNet.com

'Super WiFi' hotspot gives 3-mile range
TMCNet.com

Houston grandmother is nation's 1st 'Super Wi-Fi' user, thanks to Rice University
TheGadgetGuyColumn.com

4/19/2011
DSLReports.com, Houston grandma gives white space broadband a spin

4/18/2011
Houston Chronicle, Houston leads way in launching 'super WiFi'

10/15/2010
Free Press, Profs Bring Free White Space Broadband to Working Class Houston (MP3-audio) (PDF-text)

10/12/2010
Television Business, Rice University professors win grant to build 'WhiteFi' network (PDF-text)

10/11/2010
Arstechnica, Profs bring free "Super WiFi" to working-class Houston (PDF-text)
(This article also appeared on Benton Foundation.)

10/1/2010
Electronic Design,Wi-Fi And White Space Combo Promises Better Broadband Wireless (PDF-text)

9/24/2010
Broadcast Engineering, Rice University to test FCC's white-space initiative (PDF-text)

9/23/2010
PCWorld, FCC Approves White Space "Wi-Fi on Steroids"
(PDF-text)

9/23/2010
InformationWeek, FCC Approves 'White Spaces' (PDF-text)

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