May 7, 2004

Linux powers emergency mesh walkie talkie

Anonymous Reader writes "NexGen City has used embedded Linux to build what it claims to be the first VoIP push-to-talk (PTT) handset for emergency workers and "first responders." Designed for use with NexGen's NexLink wireless broadband mobile network, the handset is currently undergoing testing in the first NexLink mesh network, which is nearing completion in Garland, Texas. The Garland network covers 57 square miles, and is the first deployment of mobile mesh networking technology for use by a public safety organization, according to NexGen. Best of all, the walkie talkie runs a linux 2.4.20 kernel, busybox, the BLOB bootloader from the Lart project, and more!"


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