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[The Bricophone Project -- concluded on 2009/11/01]

The Bricophone is a community-oriented mobile phone infrastructure in Open Source. It is a low cost, low energy, open hardware, open source project built for communities up to ten thousand people within regional distances. The characteristic of the Bricophone infrastructure is that it does not require any static infrastructure like relays, antennas, or digital data centers. This provides the opportunity for special uses in poor communities, mass rescueing in disastered areas, and cultural and social activities like festivals and other mass events.

Bricophone user's profiles

The Bricophone is not a replacement for regular cellular infrastructures nor an open-source cellullar phone for regular mobile phone networks.


The sole purpose of the Bricophone infrastructure is voice communication. It works with brand-new wireless sensor network technologies used in industrial equipement. The main caracteristics of these new sensors technologies are mesh-networking, low-cost, and very low power consumption. These three technical caracteristics are the key of the project's potentialities.

Project setup

In Spring 2007, the first basic voice-over-wireless tests with sensor technologies were executed. In September 2007, the first workshop took place in Brussles. In November, a workshop took place in Brazil.

The next steps programmed by the leading team for the coming months:

Dissemination workshops

The first planned DIY fabrication and dissemination workshop will be helt in Dakar, Senegal, in the Ker Thiossane Art Center, during the Pixelache 2009 festival.

More dissemination workshops will follow in the different continents, at the initiative of local community members.


There is a technological risk which no-one can predict on the moment, about the quantity and the quality of calls that can be routed through a huge mesh-network. Even the producers of these new technologies have no answers yet, although they claim that their networks can have more than 65,000 nodes. Our first calculations predict a critic mass of just a thousand people per network, when not all communicating at the same time, which is sufficient for our goals (rescuing people in disasters etc).


Send in your ideas.
Deadline April 1st, 2020.


Last update: 2007/12/03