Today, I made a distressing discovery. It appears that Rostech, a Russian state corporation, has allegedly utilized the developments of Meshtastic, presenting them as their own creation.
They introduced a mesh terminal, which, to my observation, seems to be significantly based on Meshtastic’s technology. From the picture of the T-Beam and the 3D printed case, it’s quite evident. Moreover, the screen in the image clearly shows the familiar interface of Meshtastic, further strengthening my suspicion.
While I understand that initiating legal proceedings against a state corporation like Rostech could be a daunting task, I believe it’s worth consideration. At the very least, it may serve to increase Meshtastic’s visibility, as our work would gain exposure in a broader context.
It’s quite disheartening and embarrassing to witness such conduct from an entity in my home country. Still, I think it’s crucial to bring this issue to the attention of our Meshtastic community.
Additionally, I would like to share an official news release from Rostech, titled “Rostech developed an independent data transmission network for drones and industrial objects.” Here’s a brief summary:
"RosElectronics, a holding of Rostech Corporation, developed a terminal for information exchange in a closed network. This device allows the creation of an autonomous information space for real-time transmission of telemetry data, text messages, and coordinates without relying on the internet and cell networks.
The terminal is based on a self-organizing distributed mesh-type network, developed by engineers of Inteltech, a part of RosElectronics. It collects data from 16 different sensors and ensures information transmission to a computer or smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The solution allows the transmission of telemetry readings and short text messages up to 256 bytes. It also identifies the coordinates of devices connected to the network using GPS and GLONASS. The areas of application include data collection about environmental emissions, monitoring the technical condition of industrial objects, and controlling personnel activity."
You can read the full news release on their official website here.
I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how we can address this situation.