The Digital Divide in Mexico
Much like other places in Latin America, the current digital divide in Mexico is a reflection of the country’s pervasive economic inequality – only 2 out of 10 members of the lowest income bracket have access to reliable internet, making online education difficult for over half of the population.
Marginalized populations in Mexico have been left significantly behind in digitalization, a reality that has only grown more dire in the context of the ongoing pandemic.
According to INEGI, high school students from rural areas obtained the worst results in overall evaluations in 2019. School closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic stand to only widen this educational gap, as nearly half of students don’t have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone with access to internet to continue with their education.
Explore the Benefits of UNI
ACCESS TO EDUCATION
This portable hotspot provides wireless access to pre-loaded digital resources by leveraging existing open-access educational resources such as Wikipedia and Khan Academy.
UNI provides a connectivity bridge that allows populations who do not have access to the Internet to access valuable resources for the purpose of teaching, learning and researching.
UNI works with devices that the local populations are already using, such as inexpensive Android phones and old model laptops with wi-fi compatibility, making it a feasible solution.
Watch the Demo
Watch a quick demonstration of how UNI works, directly on the field in Mexico (video in Spanish).
Connect Anywhere, Anytime
Lighter than the average phone
Pre-loaded educational content
Add your own content in seconds
Low power usage
Cellphone charger, portable battery & solar power-friendly
Dust and heat resistant
Built for extreme environments
Compatible with local devices, i.e. older Android phones and laptops
Works in the field
100-metre range connection
Connect up to 10 devices at a time
Pilot Project Deployments
Subsidized pricing is available for NGOs or community organizations who wish to partner with Grey-box to become a field tester. Get in contact below to learn more or become a tester today.
Grey-Box has entered into pilot projects with Parks Canada (Fred Pellerin’s journey in the Forges-du-Saint-Maurice), Boîte à Science (MIT’s Scratch and Microsoft’s MakeCode Educational School Kits), La Escuela Más Grande del Mundo in schools around rural Mexico, the Canadian Midwives Association, with The Red Book Challenge, the Université du Kwango, Hechtman Ventures, U Aid Stitching, Fast Networks Malawi, World Mobile Group, and TATECH HUB.
Performance & Pricing
- Network: Up to 10 devices connected within up to 100 meters
- USB: USB3 and USB2 | Power: USB or AC | Expandable Storage: Yes with a USB key, an external hard drive and/or Micro-SD card | RAM: DDR3 4GB | Memory: 64GB
- Preloaded Content: customizable content, offline website version, intranet resources, offline synchronized cloud documents
- Customizable storage, capacity, and content available upon request
Deploy UNI Today
Fill out the form below to learn more about becoming a tester and deploying UNI on the field. Let’s make education accessible for everyone, regardless of their socio-economic level or location.