WirelessU Workshop, "Wireless Internet - Emergency Networks"
Date : 12 - 16 October 2009
Time : 9:00-18:00
Course Fee :    Standard  : 18,750 THB
  Early Bird  : 17,000 THB
    ( Early-bird registration fees must be paid before
  or on 2 October 2009 where as Standard registration
  fees must be paid before or on 12 October 2009
  by cheque or wire transfer payment. )

Venue : AIT Conference Center Main Auditorium, AIT, Thailand
RISTEK resource persons:
   - Gunadi Dwi Hantoro
   - Dr. Onno W. Purbo
   - Muchlis Fasihu
   - Timothy Sulastyo
   - Tarmizi Kemal
   - Mursid
DUMBO resource persons:
   - Thirapon Wongsaardsakul
   - Khandakar Rashedul Arefin
   - Amina Akhter
GramVaani Community Radio
   - Balachandran Chandrasekharan
E-Networking Research and Development
   - Mahabir Pun

Course Duration : 5 days


Supporting Organizations:
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This WirelessU Workshop, "Wireless Internet - Emergency Networks" is co-organized by RISTEK-Indonesia, AIT and NECTEC, with support of ISIF.asia, ISOC, NSRC, THNIC Foundation and NetworkTheWorld.org in order to provide participants hands-on experience on WiMAX technologies and deploying mobile wireless network on an ad hoc basis for emergency conditions, such as after a natural disaster when a fixed network infrastructure is not available or had been destroyed.


  • to address infrastructures and technology-related connectivity problems by coupling advances in mobile ad hoc wireless communication network in order to develop their own communications network out of the box for rural ICT development and/or in an emergency situation or in disaster areas; 
  • to provide technical assistance and ad-hoc communication infrastructure to volunteers/ humanitarian personnel who are working in the field and performing rescue operations in disaster situations wherein effective communication medium/ services may not be able to meet overwhelming immediate needs during a disaster; and
  • to assist local training partners in the region who are exposed to a first-handed experience in the post disaster recovery and resettlement operations and actively working in the areas of rural ICT development in respective countries, and in delivering training courses to volunteers or field operators.

Target Audience:

IT staffs from NGOs, Humanitarian Foundations, Institutions, with basic knowledge and a few years experience in technologies and networking, and anyone who is interested in learning about wireless technologies and emergency networks.

With the help from the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), each participant/organization will receive the book "Wireless Networking in the Developing World".

Schedule :

DAY 1: (12 October 2009)

Time Topic Instructor
09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee Break
10:00 – 12:00 WiMAX Overview and Technology
   - Overview WIMAX
   - Component 
   - Application 
   - Technology
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 15:00 Practice 1
   - BS Configuration
   - SS Configuration
   - Test Configuration
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 Practice 2
   - Connection
   - O&M issues
   - Q & A

DAY 2: (13 October 2009)

Time Topic Instructor
09:00 – 10:45 Introduction to Outdoor WiFi Onno Purbo
10:45 – 11:30 Typical Setup of Outdoor WiFi
   - How to Set up Access Point, CPE in Outdoor Environment
Onno Purbo
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:30 How to Calculate/Design your system Onno Purbo
11:30 – 12:30 How to Configure your Access Point Onno Purbo
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30 How to Secure & Harden your Access Point Onno Purbo
14:30 – 15:30 How to Configure your Client Onno Purbo
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – Onwards How to Build Simple Home Brew Antenna & Network Equipment Onno Purbo

DAY 3: (14 October 2009)

Time Topic Instructor
09:00 – 12:00 DUMBO Overview and Technology
   - Emergency Network
   - Overview DUMBO
   - Overview DUMBO2
   - V2V and V2I Communication
   - Technology
   - Network Model
   - Required Equipments
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00– 15:00 DUMBO Network topology and application
   - Routing Protocol
   - Overview SMON
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 DUMBO Network Setup
   - Equipment Configuration
   - GPS Tracking System
   - Link Monitoring System

Day 4: (15 October 2009)

Time Topic Instructor
09:00 – 10:00 Brief introduction on the DUMBO network setup Arefin
10:00 – 13:00 DUMBO network setup Arefin
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 –15:00 E-Networking Research and Development
Experiences sharing: "Nepal Wireless Networking Project"
Mahabir Pun
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:00 Panel Discussion: Future Initiatives & Collaboration Mahabir Pun

Day 5: (16 October 2009)

Time Topic Instructor
09:00 - 10:30 Session 1: CR as an effective medium of communication in rural areas.

How do Community Radio Stations reach out to the rural populace? We take a look at the progress of CR movement in countries like Nepal, Thailand and India.
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 Session 2: Using Multi-Planar networking to utilize all available modes of communication, and to turn CR Stations into Community Media Centers.

Gram Vaani is developing the Multiplanar Inter Networking Protocol which enhances the broadcast nature of CR stations by combining it with video and the bi-directionality of cellphones. We make use of multiple means (planes) of communication like telephony, SMS and Internet connectivity to help the stations connect to its community in a better way. Technologies like long distance Wi-Fi and VoIP will be used to enable rural telephony. This brings in new challenges, like routing of data over different planes, need for an efficient content distribution network, and making the network delay tolerant.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Session 3: GRINS (Radio Automation System): Designing and optimizing for robustness and performance.

As a first step, Gram Vaani has developed GRINS. We will take a look at its Service Oriented Architecture and the basic principles of design. We will also take a look at the challenges faced in getting good performance on commodity hardware, ease of use, and robustness of the system.
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:00 Session 4: Application development on GRINS, Discussion on how to improve GRINS and possible collaborations.

Finally, we will describe how to install and operate GRINS, and how one could build new applications on GRINS. Following this, we would like to get input from the participants on possible improvements, and about areas in which we could collaborate.

Biography of instructor

Dr. Onno Purbo - withdrawn from Indonesian civil servant & retired lecturer, a maverick driven by a plain & simple vision to see an Indonesian knowledge based society, has been committing his time to write thousands articles, papers and 40+ books on Internet technology mostly in Indonesian language in attempting to educate the Indonesian on IT. In the process, he received several awards, including Sabattical Award from International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Canada. In the attempt, several alternative Internet technologies have been introduced and adopted by the Indonesian IT communities, such as, WiFi based Internet Infrastructure and VoIP MaverickNet. All of his articles are copylefted & can be freely downloaded from the Internet, such as, http://www.bogor.net/idkf and http://sandbox.bellanet.org/~onno/.

Retired Lecturer from Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) & Retired Indonesian Civil Servent. He is an Eisenhower Fellow & Ashoka Senior Fellow. In the last 20 years, dedicate his time to educate Indonesians on Information technology, open source , Internet Telephony & Low Cost "Wireless" Internet Access.
He has published 40+ books & thousands of articles in IT. He is active in 170+ mailing lists and moderate 10+ mailing lists. His vision is "To See Knowledge Based Society in Indonesia".

Most of his work can be downloaded from
http://www.telkomspeedy.com (Pojok Onno)

Detailed profile can be downloaded from

(en) http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-89751-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html
(en) http://sandbox.bellanet.org/~onno/onno-purbo-idrc-sabbaticant-2004.pdf
(id) http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onno_W_Purbo
(id) http://www.ilmukomputer.com/penulis/penulis-onno.php
(id) http://asopian.blogspot.com/2001_09_01_asopian_archive.html

Muchlis Fasihu -
Gunadi Dwi Hantoro -
Timothy Sulastyo -
Tarmizi Kemal -
Mursid -
Thirapon Wongsaardsakul -
Khandakar Rashedul Arefin -
Amina Akhter -
Balachandran Chandrasekharan -
Mahabir Pun -


Certificate of paticipation, training materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please note that the places are limited and the registration will be on a "first come - first served" basis. If you have any further queries, please contact Ms. Wit Hmone at +66-2 524 6611 (for AIT internal user dial 6611 only) or email: training at interlab.ait.ac.th.

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