Wireless optical communication system KORUZA: Last-mile access at 10Gbps with open hardware

Luka Mustafa
IRNAS, Slovenia

KORUZA (http://koruza.net) is the first open-source wireless optical communication system for urban environments. It transmits data through a 100% eye-safe collimated beam of infrared light and empowers networks with 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps throughputs, unaffected by radio spectrum saturation. Connecting locations at up to 150 m distance, KORUZA provides last-mile networking without the need for fiber installation. KORUZA has been developed open-source and open-hardware. Open technologies enable a faster development, faster detection of shortcomings and faster fixes, which means less fatal errors and lesser overall expenses. There is one fundamental difference between hadware and software, which is that hardware must be produced from scarce resources and there is a finite limit on the quantity, while software can simply be deleted and replaced. Luka Mustafa very strongly believes being open allows us to optimize the world and create greater utility for everyone from the same finite set of material and human resources.

Luka Mustafa is working full-time on wireless optical system KORUZA development at Institute IRNAS Rače (http://irnas.eu) that he founded in Slovenia in 2014. He is leading a multidisciplinary team, developing open systems ranging from CNC machines and bioprinters, to electronics and fibre optic systems, promoting and deploying open wireless networks in wlan slovenija project, as well as managing national and international wireless backbones. Luka is currently a PhD student at University College London and a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow.