Clear Blue Technologies Inc., the Smart Off-Grid™ company, and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an initiative co-founded by SK Telecom, Intel, Nokia, Facebook and Deutsche Telekom in 2016, announced a collaboration as part of TIP’s OpenCellular project group to improve connectivity in remote areas of the world. The collaboration is focused on OpenCellular-Power, an open source power solution designed to deliver highly reliable, low-cost solar power for the OpenCellular wireless access platform.
TIP and Clear Blue will jointly provide the Smart Controller Management application programming interface (API) for OpenCellular-Power. The API will define how the OpenCellular-Power system communicates with the cloud to enable users to remotely monitor its status, transmit data and alarms, control smart battery settings and more. Clear Blue will also deliver the first smart off-grid remote management and control service for OpenCellular-Power.
Miriam Tuerk, co-founder and CEO of Clear Blue Technologies, said “We are honored to be collaborating with TIP’s OpenCellular project group. The internet is one of the most powerful forces shaping our society, but in rural areas around the world, billions of people are being left behind. We are excited to provide our smart off-grid remote management and control capability to deliver reliable, low-cost power for telecom services in these communities.”
Dr. Kashif Ali, chair of TIP’s OpenCellular project group, stated: “Clear Blue’s experience managing smart off-grid devices around the world has given them first hand knowledge about what is needed to deploy highly-reliable and low maintenance power systems, such as OpenCellular-Power. The result of this collaboration will help to extend OpenCellular-Power’s reach and give more people access to the many benefits of connectivity.”
Using the open API, system owners will also be able to use Clear Blue’s Illumience Smart Off-Grid management service, which today controls, manages and proactively services off-grid systems for telecom, lighting, security, the Internet of Things, and other critical infrastructure, in 33 countries worldwide. Its weather forecasting, extensive management control, and alert capabilities also help prevent outages or enable remote troubleshooting to ensure that system issues are quickly resolved.
Adds Tuerk: “Through its advanced data analytics and control capabilities, Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid management service will deliver the high reliability, long-term performance, and low maintenance cost that helps make these systems economically viable for small, remote communities.”