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NSF awards $1.5M for study of in-home health care via wireless networks
Date:4/24/2008

ral hub. The term mesh refers to the fact that data sometimes uses multiple wireless relay nodes before it finds its way to the wired hub.

Mesh networks use different technology than the WiFi hot spots typically found at coffee shops and other businesses. Knightly said the mesh system is cheaper to operate than traditional technology, but the technology needed to obtain the desired performance-cost profile is experimental. Beginning in 2003, Knightly's student, Joseph Camp, led the effort to design and architect the TFA network in order to develop and test "mesh" technology that could one day provide WiFi to whole cities.

"When we started this project with Dr. Knightly we had no idea that it would lead medical researchers, anthropologists and others scientists to take such a keen interest in Pecan Park," said TFA President and CEO Will Reed. "Our community isn't the typical, well-to-do neighborhood where this kind of technology would typically be rolled out. As a result, people are knocking down our door to find out how our residents are using the network, what they think of it and how it's affecting them."


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