The RURAL WINGS project offers e-learning services to users at school, at work or at home in regions in Europe that are difficult to connect by means other than by two-way satellite technology.
A network of over 120 DVB/RCS satellite terminals has been deployed all over Europe. The pilot sites are located in really isolated and remote villages in rural areas and geographical locations such as mountainous regions or islands where broadband Internet access (by means of ADSL or Cable) has never been possible before.
13 European Countries (Greece, Spain, Sweden, France, Romania, Cyprus, Estonia, Poland, UK, Israel, Armenia, Georgia, and Switzerland) participate in this EC funded project that promotes the use of satellite telecom technology for the bridging of the digital divide. Furthermore over 25 locations will be equipped with WiFi networks to provide access to even more remote users in these villages and locations.
Thanks to the RURAL WINGS project, eLearning services are provided amongst other services to people who otherwise would be left out and isolated.
On 12 to 15 March 2008, ATiT visited sites in rural Greece, more precisely in the village of Valtetsiniko, and spoke with the Mayors of Valtetsiniko and Mesta, both small towns that are enthusiastic users of this promising technology.
SchoolCast has been extended to allow for the development of several enhancements to the system and the team are working hard to make sure the service is ready to go for the new school term starting in September when it will operate for 10 primary and secondary schools and will be managed by NCTE. Part of the extension work will also be to carry out a study into enabling SchoolCast to operate as a viable multicast system over networks other than satellite.
The SchoolCast consortium led by ATiT had a successful Pilot Qualification Review in Dublin on 14th January with ESA when the lab version of the SchoolCast Schools Content Delivery System was successfully demonstrated. SchoolCast will now be trialed for a 14 week period with a schools network in Ireland over both satellite and terrestrial networks. Also see schoolcast.atit.ie
SchoolCast is a new initiative led by ATiT Ireland with partners in Ireland and Austria and supported by ESA. Its objective is to plan, design, and pilot a schools' content delivery system, for more information. visit the SchoolCast site