We are two days into our installation and the training of Digital Champions continues. We were invited to another workshop led by Efrain Foglia and Marc De'ath to help us understand the difference between open and closed frequencies and the technology we will be using to connect the homes.
We built a very simple model of the Gellideg Estate out of cardboard and using coloured string we were able to demonstrate how the different frequencies (5ghz and 2.4ghz) will be used to connect devices inside the home, both to other residents on the estate and to Merthyr Valley Homes who are sharing their internet connection with us throughout the prototype.
This simple exercise not only helped us visualise the different devices that would required to complete the network but it also allowed us to discuss the roles within the group of Digital Champions and our advisors. We discussed who would be responsible for maintaining which aspects of the network, keeping the need for external support from engineers down to a minimum and thus keeping the running costs down.
An immensely useful exercise which I think we might repeat in simplified form to explain the concept to school children on the estate. Marc De'ath provides a summary in the video below.