Linux Foundation unveils Project OWL

Project OWL

When a disaster happens, it’s vital to keep communications links up and running. One way to do that is with mesh networks. The Linux Foundation has unveiled Project OWL to “help build mesh network nodes for global emergency communications networks.”

Short for Organisation, Whereabouts, and Logistics, OWL is firmware for Internet of Things (IoT) devices that “can quickly turn a cheap wireless device into a ‘DuckLink’, a mesh network node”. Those devices can connect to other, similar devices around them. OWL also provides an analytics tool that responders can use for “coordinating resources, learning about weather patterns, and communicating with civilians who would otherwise be cut off.”