Greta Byrum was quoted inNew York City Economic Development Corporation press release about RISE : NYC.
RISE : NYC telecom technologies will help small businesses stay connected and in operation, even when traditional communication networks are down. These technologies include hand-held, cellular signal-generating devices that enable smartphone communication in the absence of cell service and wireless mesh networks that will provide resilient internet connectivity along business corridors. Specific technologies include:...New America Foundation - A Washington, D.C. and NYC-based nonprofit organization that will utilize a free, open-source meshing software to turn routers and other wireless devices into decentralized WiFi networks to route around points of failure and connect small businesses to the internet. The project will develop Digital Stewards training programs for coalitions of community partners to implement the technology in Sandy-impacted neighborhoods like the Rockaways, Sheepshead Bay and Midland Beach, Staten Island, among others...."New America's Resilient Communities program is thrilled to be part of NYCEDC's RISE : NYC portfolio. The RISE program's innovative approach allows for holistic and forward-looking preparedness planning in line with needs and visions driven by communities themselves. This allows NYC's neighborhoods not just to return to their pre-Sandy condition and prepare for future storms, but also to build towards long-term sustainability, opportunity, and community health,” said New America Director of Resilient Communities Greta Byrum.