A real prospect of

universal connectivity

It is estimated that the combined cost of the two units will be between £50 and £100. Allowing a maximum of £100/household for installation, training, support and extra network hardware means that the infrastructure element of any project should be well under £200 per household. This will of course fall significantly over time.       It is proposed to sell additional tablets (with or without the mounting frame) for a reasonable mark-up, allowing families (for example) to have multiple access points.

Roll-out strategies

City-wide deployment is not the only way to make good use of OpenDCU. Some authorities are considering installing the system in new-builds or as part of major refurbishments.
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OpenDCU is important to local government

the digital consumer unit

OpenDCU cures all your ailments ;-)

The OpenDCU provides a the perfect cost-effective framework for the delivery of the full range of digital services, from transport information to telecare. At an estimated cost of less than £200/household, including the broadband infrastructure, It provides a real opportunity to create a totally connected city.

Lowering your carbon footprint

Many ecologically beneficial services are enabled by the OpenDCU, from simple transport information to advanced energy saving technologies. The system itself will use a tiny amount of energy; since it is potentially replacing the control box of several other systems, it may well reduce the net energy consumption of houses in which it is installed

Digital exclusion

The OpenDCU gives the prospect of a robust, low-cost way to deliver some digital services to everyone in your urban area. By using the urban WiFi mesh option, information can be delivered even to people who have no broadband connection of their own.

Telecare and telehealth

The OpenDCU project is not intended to replace high-end telecare equipment such as is available from specialist companies like Tunstall or Tynetec. However, it will create a marketplace for lower-end (non-life-critical) services such as medical datalogging or informal monitoring by relatives. This will lower some care costs and improve the lives of a large cohort of vulnerable people who do not qualify for telecare services at the moment. Further detail of the ”The need for an open standard for digital home gateways”      can be found in this white paper (pdf download).