While traditional CDNs allow pure content caching at the edge of the Internet, in countries like India, data costs are high thus creating friction to access high quality educational and other free resources available on the Internet. OpenRAP is an open source initiative to enable communities/stakeholders to easily build and deploy WiFI enabled resource access points within their community.

 

Features

  • WiFi access point with flexible storage
  • Multi platform (x86, ARM, Raspberry Pi, etc.)
  • Streaming and download features
  • Pluggable content type handlers
  • Plugin based search and discovery adapters
  • Ability to cache and upload offline data
  • Community can build without license restrictions
  • Easy and powerful management tools

For more, please visit openrap.io

 

Why OpenRAP?

60% of schools in India do not have Internet access, but they do have government-provided digital infrastructure such as desktops, laptops, televisions, smart boards, and tablets. Sunbird provides tools that can be used to access and distribute digital content in areas where Internet connectivity is challenging.

Imagine a scenario where a teacher in a remote village wants to introduce the concept of the digestive system for the first time to her students. No matter how hard she tries, students cannot visualise what she is trying to explain. While you have a laptop and projector in class, your school does not provide an internet connection and your mobile access point is not strong enough to allow you to stream high quality content from YouTube and keep your class engaged at the same time. . This is where the Sunbird OpenRAP platform comes in. It allows you to download high-quality interactive content at home or in the city at your convenience, where you have access to the Internet on your mobile phone or computer. You can take it to your school on a USB flash drive and play it in the classroom via an app with just a few clicks.

The platform can run on multiple devices, operating systems, and environments (from a low-configuration standalone Windows 7 desktop to a Raspberry Pi box that is used to power a computer lab with lightweight computers) to support the diverse infrastructure present in schools and homes. It is a lightweight "micro" -platform designed primarily for offline use, in which everything from content to assessments and reports is local. A smart sync system ensures the micro platform is up-to-date with the largest platform on the server, empowering not only end consumers in areas with limited resources, but also content providers and agencies, by providing actionable metrics.