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Lightweight

(adj.) of thin material or build and weighing less than average.

Case Study: WE CARE Solar

 

WE CARE Solar designs portable, cost-effective solar suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low resource areas without reliable electricity—. It enables the delivery of obstetric health care facilities in developing regions with solar powered lighting and communication that is cost-effective, reliable, user-friendly, and easy to maintain. Learn More...
 
Case Study: Net-Relief Kit - Cisco and NetHope
 
The NRK has a BGAN satellite receiver about the size of a medium-sized textbook. It provides a broadband connection to the Internet, runs off a car battery (or small solar panel) and works almost anywhere on the planet. It has a built-in wireless router for Wi-Fi to support up to ten laptops or Internet phones. So it creates a fast, temporary but crucial voice and data communications hub for a small group of field workers when they need it most immediately – in emergencies. First, it fit in a backpack. This was important because the fastest way to get equipment to an emergency site is to carry it with you. Second, we used off-the-shelf components for the satellite receiver, solar power, network routing, etc. The innovation was in combining the pieces.