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Project Examples

Course: 25.401 Interdisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

The overall goal of this project was to establish the beginning of a low powered, high throughput data and voice network. The network will begin a link between Malvas and Huarmey and possibly extend to San Miguel through the Andes Mountains. The project objectives were threefold: First, was the establishment of a link to provide internet connectivity between the school in Malvas, Peru and the hospital in Huarmey, Peru. This link will utilize what is known as wifi on the 2.4GHZ radio band as well as from additional equipment. Secondly, the design link was to include expansion or other villages within range to be connected in the future. Thirdly, the design also included the ability to connect via VoIP (voice over ip) between the school and the hospital as a way to provide communication for the villagers over the internet with the use of headphones and microphones connected to the computers at the school. There was an effort to minimize equipment requirements and to maximize performance to cost ratios of the system, as well as to minimize power consumption by the system. The results of this project were delivered and installed during the June 2007 trip. As a whole, this project is intended to benefit the people of Peru by enhancing their connection with the world and also improve efforts by UML teams to better track performance and effectiveness of these types of UML projects in Peru.