Ashton on Mersey School – Years 10-11
The EPNS is a mesh network of Raspberry Pi computers that authorities can deploy (via drones or people) in a disaster area to establish communications with people. Each Raspberry Pi node broadcasts a Wi-Fi network for people to connect to.
Upon connecting, the user will be able to access a portal from which they can alert authorities to their current situation, such as if they need first aid or food, and find the latest information. The authorities can then view this data and use it to formulate an action plan and locate people they could otherwise be unaware of.
Our project is easily expandable and could be a low-cost way to bring information to people in a crisis. It would even be possible to add functionality so people can gain support from chat advisors.
To develop our idea further, EPNS could use encrypted data packets to improve privacy for everyone who uses the system, while LoRa could improve the wireless range over Wi-Fi.
With our system, authorities can create what they need. We enable developers to expand, adding more Raspberry Pi computers and more functionality for complex tasks as needed.