Solar Powered WiFi Hotspots Go on Trial at Sentosa


Many people would be surprised to learn that instead of relying on fossil fuels and dangerous materials to provide electricity, there’s an all-natural resource in the sky: the sun. With the help of solar-powered electronics, we are not only protecting the environment, but we are also working towards building a more sustainable future. With the solar-powered WiFi hotspots discussed at Sentosa, it gives people the ability to access the internet from a variety of locations without making a direct impact on the environment.

There is a pilot program being developed in Sentosa that gives people the ability to access the internet from a unique location outside of internet cafes, schools, malls, and their homes. Residents of Sentosa, Singapore may soon be able to access outdoor WiFi that will be entirely powered by solar energy. Titled the Green WiFi, this pilot project will offer [email protected] coverage to a specific outdoor area that is located near the Merlion Walk. Yaacob Ibrahim announced this information at the Infocomm Media Business Exchange on May 31st. This will give people an idea of what it is like to be constantly connected to the internet while they’re outside with their families or friends, without having to rely on cellular data.

The pilot project will only last for a certain amount of time so they can get a reasonable sample size and determine whether the project should be a long-term offering or not. It will begin in June and end in September of 2017. You can easily find other types of outdoor hotspots in Sentosa as there are over 200 of them, but the main objective of the Green WiFi is to create sustainable energy that doesn’t impact the environment. They will also want to make sure that the connection speeds and reliability are equivalent to that of traditionally powered WiFi.

Hewlett Packaged, M1, Skylab, and the Sentosa Development Corp are currently working on this project. They are researching different ways to implement outdoor hotspots without having to rely on traditional methods that are typically far more expensive. For example, setting up a regular hotspot means that they have to pay construction crews and installers to dig and lay all of the cables. By switching to solar-powered connectivity, the companies sincerely believe they can cut back on construction costs.

Depending on the popularity of the new service and if it offers users the same level of connectivity, solar-powered WiFi hotspots could become the new norm in Singapore. According to Dr Yaacob, the [email protected] program could be expanded to a variety of other outdoor places to offer sustainable connectivity and take public WiFi to modern levels. There have been many experts weighing in on the decision and the two main concerns at this time relate to the infrastructure and the experience of using the network. Maintaining the infrastructure can be time-consuming and difficult, plus you may find that a constant network experience simply isn’t possible with solar-powered WiFi.

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