Koruza is an open-source wireless optical communication system for urban environments, connecting locations at up to 150 metres distance.
The Koruza device has up to 1gbps capacity - enough to support a large number of moderate internet users - and can be used to build large wireless networks. The device is a solution to the challenges of the cost of fibre installation and other infrastructure in dense urban areas. It provides an alternative for urban communities who want to create a local and independent internet infrastructure and local internet based services
Koruza features a modular design with 3D-printed components designed in OpenScad, an open-source 3D modeling software. It is available for order as a kit, while the assembly instructions and technical documentation are published online. Researchers - and indeed anyone with an interest - can replicate the device easily, understand its operation and modify it for their own purposes.
The Koruza project was developed by IRNAS, the Institute for Development of Advanced Applied Systems, in Maribor, Slovenia. The Institute’s mission is to develop open-source and affordable systems that can solve real problems by empowering the masses. Since 2015, its founder Luka Mustafa has been a fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation, which allowed him to work full-time on the development of Koruza. The project is supported by the local community organisation WlanSlovenija Development.
Case study date: February 2017.