Cell Reception Booster

Summary: Applications of mobile technology in health care delivery are becoming increasingly common.  In Zambia, for example, the Ministry of Health is conducting pilot programs to use cell phones to securely transmit test results for detecting HIV in infants.  By using SMS messages to transmit the results directly from the lab to the facilities, results are delivered to the patients as many as two to three weeks sooner.  While the majority of facilities are covered by the most common cell service company, Zain, not all have reliable coverage.  In order for a project using mobile technology to function effectively on a nation-wide scale, most rural clinics need access to cell service.

Objectives:

  • Design a cell reception booster for use in rural health clinics
  • Use materials easily obtained within country, to ensure that manufacturing can be done sustainably
  • Item cost should be minimized as much as possible

Another signal-booster example:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantenna

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