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A “Solar Powered Open Education Library in a Box” is a complete plug and play, ICT system that includes an Aleutia custom manufactured ultra low-power server, low power Wi-Fi Access Point, 3G Wireless Router, Ubuntu Server, Linux Apache MYSQL and PHP (LAMP) Server, Adaptable and offline Web and Mobile Library Application, Portable Solar System, Portable and rechargeable LED Projector, and 50 tablets. Its considered in a box simply because everything is included in one package that’s ready to deploy.
The “Solar Power Open Education Library in a box” will provide offline access to thousands of open education resources already available on the internet and those created by trained local teachers in Sierra Leone base on the WAEC and MEST curriculum to students, teachers, school administrators, and researchers mainly in communities were access to electricity, standard computers, school science laboratories, school computer laboratories, public libraries, and textbooks, and internet access are scares, un-affordable, unreliable, unsustainable or not existing at all.
“Solar Power Open Education Library in a box” is much more sustainable compared to similar solutions in that It is a plug and play system, which includes the following components; one Aleutia custom manufactured ultra low-power server (Intel Core i3-32174 64-bits CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB SSD), networking components (Ubiquity Nano Station and cables) and all the necessary software to serve open education resources in a browser or on a mobile device. The server includes thousands of open education resources downloaded from the Internet plus those content created by trained local teachers in Sierra Leone base on the WAEC and MEST curriculum. A Portable LED Projector (Brook stone compact, 85-Lumen LED Projector) is included for group presentation, video camera included to record lectures and 10 and 40 tablets for teachers and students to take home respectively. A portable solar system (Upgraded SolarToAfrica) will also be included to power the server, network component and charge the tablets. The tablets will be stored in optional tablet storage and charging cabinet (Anthro Tablet Charging Cart, 40 Unit). The server can function well using the following alternative deployment approaches, which are not part of the box solution;
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