BOSCO Uganda uses technologies especially designed for usage in rural areas. It is based on several main pillars:
1. Sustainable power solutions with minimum running costs (solar power)
As most of the project areas don’t have any access to grid power, the system is designed to run on solar power and battery back-up.
2. Low-Power (10-20W max.) computing equipment to reduce power costs
3. Point-to-Point Wireless Internet Connection of the different locations
All stations are linked together through long-distance / point-to-point wireless technology (currently linking up to 40km), using the license-free WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n protocol. Thus, the whole internal network is connected “high-speed” (compared to the usual speed of internet in Uganda) to a central hub station and through that station to the internet.
4. Internal network system:
The project is using a server/client structure in which the computers in the rural areas are functioning as clients connected to the central server station based in Gulu.
In conjunction with the above described wireless network, the server/client structure provides technical possibilities for training and educational materials (including training videos, e-books, chat rooms, forums, etc.).
5. VoIP (Voice over IP) Telephony
All locations are equipped with a (free of charge) Voice-over-IP telephone, thus able to call all other VoIP phones within the internal network.
6. Linux / Free Open Source Software
The usage of Linux makes the system much less vulnerable to viruses, which is currently a major problem of many computer systems and ICT projects in Uganda.