Inveneo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Francisco with focus on Information and Communication Technologies for organizations supporting underserved communities in the developing world, mostly in Africa.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The organization has developed an ultra low-powered computer, called the Inveneo Computing Station, as well as a VoIP-enabled unit called the Inveneo Communication Station, and a hub server, all of which are designed to run on a 12-volt power supply. The Inveneo Computing and Communication Stations were originally based on a reference design ION A603 mini PC by First International Computer and run AMD Geode CPU.[8][9][10][11][12]

Inveneo Computing Station

In addition to ultra low-power computers and servers, Inveneo has also created long-distance wireless (WiFi) Local-Area Networking (LAN) gear and its own open-source operating systems for its desktop and server products (based on Ubuntu).[7][12] The organization focuses on finding, training, and certifying local partners who can install, service, and support the rural installations quickly and at a much lower cost than flying in Inveneo engineers.[2] Inveneo also helped to set up a communication system for relief workers after Hurricane Katrina.[13] Jamais Cascio, a co-founder of WorldChanging, featured Inveneo in July 2005.[14]

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  1. ^ Villano, Matt (November 13, 2006). "Wireless Technology to Bind an African Village – New York Times". The New York Times. Africa;Uganda. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Business Center: Inveneo Braves Goats, Killer Bees for IT". PC World. May 19, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Schwartz, Ephraim (July 19, 2005). "VoIP on a bike". InfoWorld. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Maney, Kevin (January 4, 2008). "One Billion Laptops". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Cyrus Farivar (September 12, 2005). "VOIP Phones Give Villagers a Buzz". Wired. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Tech entrepreneurs see profit in connecting next billion Internet users". USA Today. May 30, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Into Africa: Inveneo's low-power computing alternative". March 22, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Relph, Terry (December 31, 2011). "Inveneo Computing Station Review Overview in Desktops". ZDNet. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  9. ^ Walsh, Katherine (July 18, 2007). "AMD project brings Web access to third world". Washington Post. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  10. ^ Inveneo Communication Stations vs 2B1 Children's Machines (September 19, 2006). "Inveneo Communication Stations vs 2B1 Children's Machines". OLPC News. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
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  12. ^ a b "FEATURE-Ugandan refugees go online". Reuters. July 12, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  13. ^ :: Inveneo lights up Bay St. Louis
  14. ^ "Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: Inveneo". WorldChanging. February 22, 1999. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2012.

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