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How does User Authentication for free WiFi Zones in India work?

The user authentication system can also be considered as a ‘login validation system’ for those who want to access the wireless network for free Internet. A database of successfully logged in users is maintained through this system as per legal requirements.

Instead of handing out passwords on a piece of paper the Government recommended a WiFi User Authentication that generate SMS passwords delivered directly on the users phone number.

WiFi Authentication STEP 1: Capture MAC address and phone number.

 

Step 1: Enter user's mobile number
Step 1: Enter user’s mobile number

 

WiFi Authentication STEP 2: Generate Password and Deliver via SMS Gateway.

Step 2: Random Password Generation delivered via SMS on user's phone
Step 2: Random Password Generation delivered via SMS on user’s phone

WiFi Authentication STEP 3: Verify Password and allow access.

WiFi Authentication system in India (2)
Step 3: Validate user with rules of access (time, speed, downloads)

This is how it should work:

USER FLOW SYSTEM FLOW
User switches on his device WiFi and selects SSID. STARTS A NEW SESSION FOR THE USER, INITIATES USER LOGIN PROCESS
User’s device browser opens and loads login form. User enters mobile number INPUT USER ID
User ID is registered CHECK USER ID, REGISTER NEW USER IDS, GENERATE AND DISPATCH PASSWORD
User enters password that was received via SMS INPUT USER PASSWORD
User accepts terms of use USER AUTHORIZATION
User can now use Free Internet service SUCCESS PAGE

Remark: If you need more information on Muft Internet’s free-to-use WiFi User Authentication System contact us on +91 80802 40000 or [email protected]

PR: The Muft Internet Research Study is out!

ENABLING FREE INTERNET ACCESS

IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES USING A

PARTICIPATORY DESIGN APPROACH

 

 

 

by

 

JINESH NAGIN PAREKH

Masters of Science in Human Computer Interaction

 

 

Institute of Informatics

Tallinn University, Estonia

2015

 

 

Supervised and approved by:

 

Professor David Lamas

Dr. Sonia Sousa

 

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank the existing members of the HCID and ICTD community and their continued efforts to bridge the digital divide.  This thesis would not be possible without the involvement of all the participant volunteers and their ideas, time and efforts.

A Special Thank You to the All the Key Enablers of the Design Project

For giving me crucial economic and financial insights with regards to ISP businesses in India and helping me create a business model for Muft WiFi.

Bharti Parekh (Business Modeling Expert and Chartered Account, ICAI India)

Nagin Parekh (Business Modeling Expert and Chartered Account, ICAI India)

Aditi Parekh (Consultant, Deloitte)

Hitesh Shah (Investment Expert, PPIC)

Ritesh Shah (Financial Analyst, ex-KMPG)

Neha Rambhia (Student, Harvard Business School)

Rajesh Shah (Entrepreneur, Mumbai Masala Café)

Siddharth Bharwani (COO, Jetking Infotrain)

Rashi Dhandia (MBA, Singapore Management University)

For giving me crucial insights on governmental efforts on bridging the digital divide, understanding government laws and regulations and national cyber security concerns.

Meenakshi Lekhi (Member of Parliament for Government of India)

Vijay Tribhuvan (Assistant commissioner, Mumbai Police)

Dilip Shah (Lawyer, Dilip Shah and Associates)

Akhil Gurwada (Lawyer, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe)

For helping me understand wireless technologies, network architectures and developing the overall technical solutions required for this project.

Vipul Patel (Engineer, 3 Spin Creative Solutions)

Yatin Tribhuvan (Interaction Designer, Colorbud Studio)

Amit Goyal (Chief Engineer, Rirev)

Audrey Boullot (International Development (student), SciencePo Paris)

Mahendra Nagle (Freelance Network Architect)

Khwaja Umair (Human Computer Interaction (student), Tallinn University)

For giving me crucial insights on existing digital advertising and ad-market insights.

Preeti Vyas (Owner, VGC Interactive Designs)

Anushree Seth (Media Selling Expert, ex-Disney India)

Harshil Karia (Co-Founder, Foxymoron Digital Agency)

For their key volunteering efforts at different stages of the project:

Małgorzata Łuczkowska

Amey Tribhuvan

Mel Batson

Student volunteers from H.R College (RCHR Club)

Management Staff at Jetking Infotrain

Technical Staff at Realtel ISP

Technical Staff at Hathway ISP

 

Lastly, I would I like thank my supervisors Professor David Lamas and Dr. Sonia Sousa and my colleagues at Tallinn University’s Institute of Informatics for their constant support and guided expertise throughout this project.

Dedication

This thesis is dedicated to 60% of the human race whose creativity we miss out on every single day simply because they lack Internet access.

ABSTRACT

In the past couple of decades we have seen a sharp rise in Internet usage, data consumption and the overall number of Internet users. With the rise of broadband connectivity, mobile Internet, mobile applications and overall web utility through localized content and services; we have been able to observe many positive effects of Internet access. Many Human Computer Interaction and Development (HCID) and Information and Communication Technology and Development (ICTD) studies in this time have demonstrated how countries with higher Internet penetration and adoption enjoy better economic growth, improved educational systems, more democratic participation and overall enhancement in various Quality of Life (QOL) indicators.

As of 2014, the sad truth remains that over half of the human population is deprived of basic Internet access. Most of these people live in developing or poor countries. This reflects a deep gap between technology creators’ / designers’, policy makers’ and industry’s understanding/involvement of the end users. The problems lie beyond an individual’s conventional understanding like hardware availability, user literacy or network coverage.
Complex and intertwined sociotechnical roadblocks play a key role in curbing Internet penetration and adoption in many countries that face a huge digital divide. However, one common pattern can be spotted among such countries – ‘affordability’. Even with the sharp decline in prices of Internet enabled mobile devices and data plans over the past decade, quality Internet access still remains expensive or unaffordable to many.

The study was conducted in India with the goal of overcoming various legal, economic and technological barriers to ‘enable free Internet access’ for users. In this study, we try to address the problem of ‘affordability’ in Internet access for existing Internet users in India that own an Internet enabled mobile device but cannot afford to pay for mobile Internet packages. Using a Participatory Design approach and a Double Diamond design process, an economically sustainable and technologically scalable ‘free Wi-Fi Zone’ model was designed and prototyped in this study.

This research study aims to provide valuable insights to various research organizations, governmental bodies, Internet service providers, hardware/software companies and other agents working in the ICTD space and trying to bridge the digital divide.

READ FULL STUDY: DOWNLOAD HERE

 

Dear Students in #India, help us bring free WiFi to your College!

Dear college students in India,

This is important.

By answering these 8 questions you will help us understand the following:

1. The current problems you face while accessing Internet
2. Identify the best places to activate free WiFi hotspots for students in India

Who are we?
We are socio-technical design and human computer interaction designers and researchers from:
1. Muft Internet (www.muftinternet.com) and
2. Tallinn University (www.tlu.ee).

Your Data:
Be sure that your personal data is confidential and will NOT be kept open or be shared with ANY 3rd party.

THANK YOU!

 

COVERAGE: चहाच्या टपरीवरही फ्री ‘वाय-फाय’! via Zee News Marathi

via चहाच्या टपरीवरही फ्री 'वाय-फाय'! | 24taas.com.

मुंबई : चहाच्या टपरीवर चहा पिता पिता आपल्या फ्री इंटरेनटचा वापर करता आला तर… होय, ही कल्पनाही आता प्रत्यक्षात आलीय.

चहाचा घोट घेता घेता फोर्टमधील एका चहाच्या दुकानात वाय-फायचा आनंद सध्या मुंबईकर घेतायत. ‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’ या स्वयंसेवी संस्थेच्या माध्यमातून 2016 पर्य़ंत भारतात वाय-फायच्यासह मोफत इंटरनेट देण्याची योजना अंमलात आणली गेलीय.

याच संस्थेशी जोडले गेलेले चहा सेंटर याच वाय-फाय सेवेनं लोकांना आकर्षित करण्याचं काम करतायत. भारतात अजून 85 टक्के नागरिक इंटरनेटचा वापर करत नाहीत. 1.3 अरब लोकसंख्या असलेल्या भारतातील अजून 1 अरब जनतेनं कधीच वापर केलेला नाही. त्यामुळेच आता मोफत वाय-फाय सेवेमुळे लोकं इंटरनेट फ्रेंडली आणि मोफत इंटरनेटचा वापर करु शकतील.

‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’द्वारे नोंदणी शुल्क किंवा डेटा फीशिवाय फुकटात इंटरनेट सेवा उपलब्ध होईल. या सेवेचा लाभ घेण्यासाठी फक्त मुफ्त वाय-फाय अकाऊंट क्रिएट करायचे आहे. ते झाल्यानंतर तुम्ही कुठेही, कधीही फुकटात इंटरनेट वापरू शकाल.

* इतर ताज्या बातम्या सदैव पाहण्यासाठी झी २४ तासला फेसबुकवर जॉइंन करा.

* झी २४ तासला ट्विटरवर फोलो करा.

COVERAGE: Tea, with internet, anyone? |via @TheHindu Business Line

Soon, you may be able to browsealong with your cuppa atover 20,000 chai stalls in Mumbai

Mumbai, February 2:

Twenty-year-old Ahmed Farooque is watching his favourite videos on YouTube at Mumbai Masala, a small and modest eatery in the city’s Fort area. His free Wi-Fi connection is part of a project to roll out internet browsing services at 22,000 tea vendors in the city.

“Generally, I run to Starbucks or McDonald’s when I have to download stuff or update the heavy applications on my smartphone. However, this is a much cheaper option,” Farooque, a college student, said.

The concept of installing Wi-Fi hotspots at tea centres is being pushed by MUFT Internet, a company helmed by 20-something scientists who are still pursuing higher education. MUFT, which means free, wants to make Wi-Fi available at common places such as eateries, hospitals and universities.

“We believe that free internet should be considered a human right and are hence working on ways to bridge the digital divide,” Jinesh Parekh, a Researcher at MUFT Internet, who is also pursuing a Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Estonia, said.

Though it’s just been three days of offering free broadband, Mumbai Masala is already seeing more footfalls. Sales have gone up by 50 per cent for an additional monthly investment of Rs. 1,500 (for Wi-Fi equipment and support), according to Harishbhai Poojari, Manager of the 18-month-old eatery. Mumbai Masala is now able to attract more college students in addition to office-goers, its standard clientele.

“Today, a former tea vendor (Narendra Modi) is the Prime Minister of our country. Our owner felt it was high time that tea joints and small eateries in the country get a complete makeover. Moreover, it’s a great differentiator as Fort area is populated with all kinds of eateries,” said Poojari.

MUFT Internet said it can enable internet access for 50 persons, starting at Rs. 500 a month. The company is able to keep costs low by a combination of methods such as group-buying of broadband, innovative software technologies and participation of philanthropists, said Parekh.

Siddarth Bharwani, Director at Jetking Infotrain, and several other industry executives are part of the company. MUFT has also written to large corporations such as Infosys, Samsung and Micromax to support this initiative.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 3, 2015)

via Tea, with internet, anyone? | Business Line.

COVERAGE: वाफाळलेल्या कटिंगसोबत वाय-फाय, चहाच्या टपऱ्यांवर लवकरच फुकटात इंटरनेट! via ABP news

मुंबई : येत्या काही दिवसातच मुंबईसह देशभरात चहाच्या गाड्यांवर चहासोबतच फुकटात वाय-फायही मिळणार आहे. ‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’ ही संस्था 2016 पर्यंत देशभरातील चहाच्या टपऱ्यांवर सर्वच सार्वजनिक ठिकाणी ही सुविधा सुरू करणार आहे.

साधारणत: 500 रुपयात 50 जण 30 दिवसांसाठी एकदा इंटरनेट अॅक्सेस करू शकतात. म्हणजेच इंटरनेट अॅक्सेससाठी प्रत्येकी 10 रुपये मोजावे लागतात. पण ‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’ने हे पैशाचं जाळं भेदून, सार्वजनिक ठिकाणी फुकटात इंटनेट अॅक्सेस पुरवण्याचा चंग बांधला आहे. चहाच्या टपऱ्या, कॅफेज, शाळा, रुग्णालये, रेल्वे स्टेशन्स यासारख्या सर्व सार्वजनिक ठिकाणी इंटरनेट फुकटात वापरता येईल.

“ना नोंदणी शुल्क, ना डेटा फी, MUFT WiFi hotspots हे फुकटात नेहमी इंटरनेट सेवा देईल. या सेवेचा लाभ घेण्यासाठी फक्त मुफ्त वाय-फाय अकाऊंट (MUFT WiFi account) क्रिएट करायचं आहे. ते झाल्यानंतर तुम्ही कुठेही, कधीही फुकटात इंटरनेट वापरू शकाल” असं ‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’चे सहसंस्थापक विपुल पटेल यांनी सांगितलं.

‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’ सध्या ही सेवा प्रत्यक्षात आणण्यासाठी जोमाने कामाला लागली आहे. सध्या 85 % भारत ऑफलाईन आहे. अनेक लोक याबाबत अद्याप जागृत नाहीत. मात्र फ्री इंटरनेमुळे जनतेला त्यांचा हक्क मिळेल आणि ते जगासोबत येतील, असं पटेल यांचं म्हणणं आहे.

‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’ हे सरकारी अॅथोरिटी, उद्योग तज्ज्ञ आणि सिलीकॉन वॅली गुंतवणूकदारांसोबत मिळून ही सुविधा प्रत्यक्षात उतरवण्यासाठी काम करत आहे.

काही कॅफे, रेस्टॉरंट मोफत वाय- फाय पुरवत असल्यामुळे, त्यांचा बिझनेस वाढला आहे. मात्र आता ‘मुफ्त इंटरनेट’च्या माध्यमातून चहाच्या टपऱ्यांवरही मोफत इंटरनेट पुरवलं, तर लोक तिकडेही धाव घेतील. त्यामुळे त्यांचाही बिझनेस वाढू शकेल, असं नेहा रांभिया या माजी आयआयटीयन्सने म्हटलं आहे.

http://abpmajha.abplive.in/incoming/2015/01/18/article478861.ece/Chaiwalas-to-offer-free-WiFi-in-Mumbai

The #digitalindia revolution has begun. Mumbai #Chaiwala starts offering #freeWiFi!

Free Wifi with Chai

“Now, I am like starbucks for chai! My customers can enjoy free wifi with chai! Thank you guys!”

This is Mr. Rajesh Shah, the first proud and happy adopter of Muft Internet technologies.

Today has been an epic day in internet access history…

We just launched our first Muft free WiFi hotspot. We are a bit more excited than Mr. Rajesh Shah. Theoretically, we have a technological model that can revolutionize internet access in developing countries.

All credits go to ALL our supporters so far. Specially, our lead engineer – Mr. Vipul Patel.

He says:

“It’s complicated to adopt ready made western solutions in India when it comes to wireless network technology and internet distribution. And to make that free and secure? That’s a complete different ball game.

The population density is very high to support simultaneous connections and the internet connection offered by ISPs is very slow. Over the next few months we will further test out this pilot project. We have received a lot help from scientists all over the world who have believed in this cause and we are confident that this will work!

There are over 22000 chaiwalas in Mumbai and if our pilot test results are as expected, we would be able to put up our hotspots everywhere in Mumbai! “

A big thank you to everyone. Sincerest gratitude from Muft Internet.

Rs. 10 (10 cents) per month per person Internet Plan to roll out in Mumbai! #digitalindia #ICT4D

Muft Internet - What is Muft Internet - Introduction to the Muft Internet Project

PRESS RELEASE

Subject: Mumbai to get free WiFi spots soon!

By Jinesh Parekh
January 15, 2015

MUMBAI, IN – An organization called MUFT Internet announced today that it has devised a technological system that will enable chai stalls in India with free WiFi access by 2016.

For a sum of INR 500 per month you could enable internet access for 50 people in India for 30 days. That’s an Internet bill of Rs.10 per person for an entire month. MUFT Internet plans to set up its free internet access points at chai stalls, cafes, schools, hospital clinics, train stops and all public areas.

“NO subscription fees. NO data fees. MUFT WiFi hotspots will ALWAYS be free. Just create a MUFT WiFi account and enjoy free internet everywhere! It should be that simple”

said Vipul Patel, co-founder of the Muft Internet project who plans to use a simplified network architecture and interaction design techniques to make it simple for users in India to access free internet.

Currently, 85% of India is still offline. 1 out of 1.3 billion Indians have never been online. The organization strongly believes that free internet should be considered as a human right and is working on ways to bridge the digital divide.

“Muft Internet has been working with government authorities, industry experts and Silicon Valley investors to make free internet access possible.”

– Mr Siddarth Bharwani, Director at Jetking Infotrain and member at Muft Internet.

The organization recently launched its first devices called the MUFT WiFi hotspots. These young scientists claim that with MUFT WiFi hotspots they will enable tea stalls to provide free internet access to its customers.

“Economic reforms begins with free internet access. Think of the impact on society with free information access!”

says Neha Rambhia (ex-IIT Bombay), a volunteer at Muft Internet.

Recent surveys shows cafes and restaurants that offer free WiFi enjoy more customers and footfalls than those who don’t. MUFT WiFi hotspots are helping small business owners improve their revenue and customer experience – by enabling their customers with free internet access.

MUFT WiFi hotspots will come in three monthly packages (hardware + software + service solutions) – Asha, Kiran and Pragati which will have a range of 25 m2, 50 m2 and 150 m2.

The pilot project begins with a small fast food joint called Mumbai Masala at Fort (Mumbai) and a hospital waiting room in Virar. The organization is reviewing applicants that can adopt these spots.

“I am excited about this idea. It’s refreshing and would love to see how my sales are improved after the free wifi service.” Said the very first owner of MUFT WiFi hotspot – Mr. Rajesh Shah (Owner, Mumbai Masala)

Key facts about MUFT WiFi hotspots

  • A free internet (WiFi) access point system that works with any ISP and can be used by EVERYONE for FREE INTERNET!

  • MUFT WiFi hotspots uses a series of new and #opensource technologies in the field of network architecture, internet distributions, wireless networks and interaction design.

  • MUFT WiFi hotspots will soon be present at train stations once the necessary permissions are obtained from the Railway ministry.

  • Unlike most wireless network, MUFT WiFi hotspots manages the security of the entire network to prevent cyber attacks.

  • The hardware is light weight, easy to install and is backed by powerful cloud technology that does not compromise on the security.

  • The technology was created by researchers from over 8 universities –  Tallinn University (Estonia), SciencePo University (France), Harvard Business School (USA), Singapore Management University are to name a few.

  • The ultimate goal of this technology is to have “free WiFi cities” in India.

About Muft Internet

What started as a Human Computer Interaction and Participatory Design research project with an aim to bring more people from developing countries online is now turning into a revolutionary information access movement that will transform India into a digital society.

The word ‘Muft’ / (मुफ़्त) means ‘Free’ in Hindi. We believe that free Internet access is a human right.

NOTE: We are not internet service providers, we are enablers. We work with the ISPs, government authorities and advertisers/investors to enable places with free internet access.

Contact

To learn more about this please visit http://muftinternet.com/muftwifi/ or come over at:

THREE SPIN CREATIVE SOLUTION PVT LTD.
4TH FLR FEDERATION HOUSE
ANADILAL PODAR MARG
MUMBAI 400002
MAHARASHTRA, INDIA.

Phone: +91 22 2208 2800 | Email: [email protected]

 

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BREAKING: Chaiwalas to offer free WiFi in Mumbai! #digitalindia #chai

Muft Internet - What is Muft Internet - Introduction to the Muft Internet Project

PRESS RELEASE

Subject: Mumbai to get free WiFi spots soon!

By Jinesh Parekh
January 15, 2015

MUMBAI, IN – An organization called MUFT Internet announced today that it has devised a technological system that will enable chai stalls in India with free WiFi access by 2016.

For a sum of INR 500 per month you could enable internet access for 50 people in India for 30 days. That’s an Internet bill of Rs.10 per person for an entire month. MUFT Internet plans to set up its free internet access points at chai stalls, cafes, schools, hospital clinics, train stops and all public areas.

“NO subscription fees. NO data fees. MUFT WiFi hotspots will ALWAYS be free. Just create a MUFT WiFi account and enjoy free internet everywhere! It should be that simple”

said Vipul Patel, co-founder of the Muft Internet project who plans to use a simplified network architecture and interaction design techniques to make it simple for users in India to access free internet.

Currently, 85% of India is still offline. 1 out of 1.3 billion Indians have never been online. The organization strongly believes that free internet should be considered as a human right and is working on ways to bridge the digital divide.

“Muft Internet has been working with government authorities, industry experts and Silicon Valley investors to make free internet access possible.”

– Mr Siddarth Bharwani, Director at Jetking Infotrain and member at Muft Internet.

The organization recently launched its first devices called the MUFT WiFi hotspots. These young scientists claim that with MUFT WiFi hotspots they will enable tea stalls to provide free internet access to its customers.

“Economic reforms begins with free internet access. Think of the impact on society with free information access!”

says Neha Rambhia (ex-IIT Bombay), a volunteer at Muft Internet.

Recent surveys shows cafes and restaurants that offer free WiFi enjoy more customers and footfalls than those who don’t. MUFT WiFi hotspots are helping small business owners improve their revenue and customer experience – by enabling their customers with free internet access.

MUFT WiFi hotspots will come in three monthly packages (hardware + software + service solutions) – Asha, Kiran and Pragati which will have a range of 25 m2, 50 m2 and 150 m2.

The pilot project begins with a small fast food joint called Mumbai Masala at Fort (Mumbai) and a hospital waiting room in Virar. The organization is reviewing applicants that can adopt these spots.

“I am excited about this idea. It’s refreshing and would love to see how my sales are improved after the free wifi service.” Said the very first owner of MUFT WiFi hotspot – Mr. Rajesh Shah (Owner, Mumbai Masala)

Key facts about MUFT WiFi hotspots

  • A free internet (WiFi) access point system that works with any ISP and can be used by EVERYONE for FREE INTERNET!

  • MUFT WiFi hotspots uses a series of new and #opensource technologies in the field of network architecture, internet distributions, wireless networks and interaction design.

  • MUFT WiFi hotspots will soon be present at train stations once the necessary permissions are obtained from the Railway ministry.

  • Unlike most wireless network, MUFT WiFi hotspots manages the security of the entire network to prevent cyber attacks.

  • The hardware is light weight, easy to install and is backed by powerful cloud technology that does not compromise on the security.

  • The technology was created by researchers from over 8 universities –  Tallinn University (Estonia), SciencePo University (France), Harvard Business School (USA), Singapore Management University are to name a few.

  • The ultimate goal of this technology is to have “free WiFi cities” in India.

About Muft Internet

What started as a Human Computer Interaction and Participatory Design research project with an aim to bring more people from developing countries online is now turning into a revolutionary information access movement that will transform India into a digital society.

The word ‘Muft’ / (मुफ़्त) means ‘Free’ in Hindi. We believe that free Internet access is a human right.

NOTE: We are not internet service providers, we are enablers. We work with the ISPs, government authorities and advertisers/investors to enable places with free internet access.

Contact

To learn more about this please visit http://muftinternet.com/muftwifi/ or come over at:

THREE SPIN CREATIVE SOLUTION PVT LTD.
4TH FLR FEDERATION HOUSE
ANADILAL PODAR MARG
MUMBAI 400002
MAHARASHTRA, INDIA.

Phone: +91 22 2208 2800 | Email: [email protected]

 

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