Short name: MeshDapp
Long name: MeshDapp: Blockchain-enabled Payment System for Wireless Mesh Networks
Company: Business and Innovation Center, SEEU
Country: North Macedonia
Call Stage 1: F4Fp-SME-COD201117 (see call details)
Proposal number: F4Fp-SME-COD201117 -02
SUMMARY REMARKS & TESTBEDS
The deployment of crowdsourced networking infrastructures (e.g., mesh networks) creates an opportunity for local development, where anyone can deploy a new device. In such infrastructures, connectivity offer can expand incrementally and be sustainable through investment and fees resulting from the demand and consumption of content and services, including Internet access, that compensate the cost of the underlying network. Providers of infrastructure want to get compensation for their investments and earn tokens; users or consumers want the network to expand for improving the coverage of connectivity and stability. How do we collect funds from consumers and distribute them to providers, guaranteeing satisfaction of every participant?
In this project, we explore the technological feasibility of the MeshDapp platform within the CityLab testbed by evaluating business and sustainability models for wireless mesh networks that combine retail pricing with wholesale cost, profit distribution and return of investment. A technical enabler is a permissioned blockchain (Ethereum PoA) platform that provides desirable properties such as trusted data feeds (oracles) about traffic and resource consumption, robust and irreversible transaction records (distributed ledger), and inexorable outcomes (smart contracts). Our proof-of-concept implementation of the aforementioned architecture is focused on the use case of the Internet access management among other network services which the platform is aimed to support.