VERN & CAVERN Overview
VERN is an acronym for Volunteer Emergency Radio Network.
Project VERN goal is a “Community Safety Communications Toolkit” that includes community radio organizing tools (e.g. documentation and configuration wizards for people who want a local emergency radio service), rooftop radio hardware designs powered by the Sun and free and open source radio mesh network software, including community public safety and information broadcasting with software defined radio components, that all form.
Project VERN is a volunteer-driven human rights public safety communications technology research & development effort from the nonprofit CryptoRights Foundation, Inc. (CRF), part of CRF’s ‘Harmless Little Project‘ (HLP) since 2014. We want any small-to-large group of people, from a family to a small nonprofit org, township or urban neighborhood community, to be able to unite for any public purpose and organize themselves through a privacy-enhanced radio mesh network. People who can talk to each other, even when normal communications media are unavailable, can overcome the adverse effects of powerful external events.
Update / Sept 2020: we’ve built a text/audio/video conference server with a channel dedicated to VERN and CAVERN meetings at SmokePatrol.org. Follow the instructions to get you free account information emailed to you.
CAVERN is the Cobb Area Volunteer Emergency Radio Network.
The Cobb Mountain area in northern California is the location for testing various prototype VERN systems. CRF is analyzing and experimenting with RF radio transmissions in the mountainous terrain around Cobb, as well as investigating ways to effectively organize the Cobb community, which is still wrestling with the aftereffects of major wildfire disasters and future dangers from fires and other extreme climate & weather trends.
The first radio mesh network prototype (alpha) nodes built by the Harmless Little Dev Team will be tested in the Cobb Area using components of the VERN project. And, because the first steps in creating a VERN in any community involve organizing the Community, CAVERN is working with Cobb Area volunteers to develop communication protocols like regular Radio Check-Ins to prepare for emergencies, as well as educational and related public safety awareness events, public programs and other outreach methodologies.
Many dozens of Cobb area residents are CAVERN members, already learning how to use basic handheld FRS, GMRS & HAM* radios to organize community preparedness, rapidly respond to natural disasters or emergencies like wildfires or powerful storms and follow up afterwards with recovery efforts.
FRS: Family Radio Service (unlicensed, short range).
GMRS: General Mobile Radio Service (licensed, medium range).
HAM (certified amateur long range).
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