The ClusterDuck Protocol is an open source firmware for mesh network internet-of-things devices based on LoRa radio and can include WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility. This protocol enables quick and easy set up of wireless communications, sensor, and other network devices.

What is the ClusterDuck Protocol?

In 2017 Hurricane Maria, a category-5 hurricane, hit Puerto Rico and wreaked havoc on the island. Not only did it destroy people’s homes but also people’s ways of communicating. Cell towers and generators were destroyed leaving people not able to communicate with anybody. Communication is very crucial during a crisis. Without communications civilians cannot reach out for help nor can responders reach out to civilians for critical, life-saving information.

The ClusterDuck Protocol (CDP) was created by Project OWL to solve this problem. When all infrastructure is down, it restores that 1% of communication that people need to save lives. Civilians can send short messages providing their locations, emergencies, and other information to people who can help them. And local governments and responders can reach out to the public to provide critical information.

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How To Build

Installation Manual

A step-by-step guide on how to build your own ClusterDuck Protocol network on our GitHub repository

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Projects Build with the ClusterDuck Protocol

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DiscoDuck

Added August 2019

Author: Nick Feuer

Stay connected in dense crowds where cellular and wifi is often overloaded or nonexistent. This project builds basic messaging capabilities on top of the ClusterDuck Protocol.

DetectorDuck

Added November 2019

Author: Timo Wielink

This project helps to identify how close or far the DetectorDuck is from the next closest ClusterDuck Protocol-enabled device. The DetectorDuck pings to find its friends and provides feedback on range.

SolarDuck

Added October 2019

Author: Nick Feuer

The SolarDuck project enables solar-powered charging and device operation with small modifications to the ClusterDuck Protocol.

PortaDuck

Added March 2019

Author: Magus Pereira

The PortaDuck project optimizes the ClusterDuck protocol for handheld wireless, battery-powered device usage. This project is a general purpose application of the ClusterDuck Protocol.

ClusterFlock

Added October 2019

Author: Guillermo Aviles

This project optimizes the ClusterDuck Protocol for drone-attached devices. These devices may run off power from the drone, and are designed for connectivity while in the air.

DuckDuck

Added October 2019

Author: Bryan Knouse & Guillermo Aviles

The DuckDucks are the most "duck" of all the ducks - they fly attached to a drone and they can be dropped into water where they also float - just like a duck.

CPS

Added February 2020

Author: Taraqur Rahman

The ClusterDuck Positioning System optimizes the protocol to offer location-based information leveraging built-in RSSI and SNR capabilities..

SpaceDuck

Added May 2019

Author: Bryan Knouse

The SpaceDucks use additional temperature, pressure, humidity, and altitude sensors to observe climate information at high altitudes of 100,000+ feet.

HopsLink

Added April 2019

Author: Bryan Knouse

The HopsLink was created to incorporate temperature, light exposure, and humidity sensors to monitor the delivery of beer from brewery to tabletop.

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