Lowering Costs for a Remote IoT Solar Monitoring Solution: An Aeris / BBOXX Post-Webinar Blog

Posted by on February 7, 2018 at 5:00 AM Carmi Brandis  
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Last week, we sat down with Chris Baker-Brian, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of BBOXX where he shared how a comprehensive IoT solution from Aeris helped them reduce complexity, human intervention, and costs. Joining Chris was Scott Moskowitz, Senior Analyst at GTM Research Editor and Evan Whitelock, Senior Solutions Consultant at Aeris. In case you missed it, there’s still time to view it on-demand.

The solar industry is seeing a lot of traction around the world. And not just in highly developed countries. This form of clean energy is making major inroads in developing and third-world countries. In many of these places, solar provides energy access and efficiencies, cost effectiveness, and, in many cases, life-saving resources. The BBOXX goal was to make solar energy affordable in some of the poorest, and most remote, regions of the world, allowing for the extended use of electricity for lighting, heating, phones, and TVs.

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BBOXX, with products purpose-built for off-grid, rural, and often hostile environments, required a reliable global mobile network that provided consistent connectivity so as to enable effortless remote monitoring of its energy systems. To overcome some of the energy-delivery issues, there was significant need for reliable GSM device connectivity.

Learn how the Aeris IoT Services platform enabled BBOXX to remotely monitor its devices. Configuration and deployment times were reduced significantly. Predictive and proactive maintenance helped to lower ownership and maintenance costs. And, see how these plug-and-play devices can be switched off from a central location if troubleshooting issues arise or if payments were not met. All this helped attain the lowest possible TCO for an IoT solution.

This wide-ranging webinar spoke to the challenges of implementing a global IoT solar energy solution and how companies employ IoT in areas of need throughout the world, resulting in positive benefits for the local community. Additionally, during the webinar, the audience asked, and was asked, several solar-specific questions, which helped clarify where the industry stands today and what is needed for tomorrow.

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Some of the questions asked and answered include:

  • What is the primary type of connectivity you are using for your solar installations? How do you overcome spotty coverage?
  • Where do you see the off-grid market going in next five years?
  • How many solar systems with remote monitoring capabilities have you deployed? 
  • What are the cost implications and why cellular is a good idea for these types of installations?

To hear the answers to these questions, and learn more about Aeris’ IoT solutions, view the webinar.

Other solar deployment areas covered included:

  • Pros and cons of differing connectivity types (cellular / Wi-Fi / Ethernet / hybrids)
  • The advantages of multiple carriers
  • The advantages of one platform for all functionality
  • Best long- and short-term practices for IoT scaling
  • Simplifying the deployment process (pre-configured SIMs, testing before deployment, and extensive platforms capabilities)
  • How to ensure that data is transmitted reliably and securely
  • New and upcoming solar technologies
  • Ideas and recommendations
  • How to create IoT for good

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Customers aspire to access modern energy services, such as watching TV in their home and access information and content through smartphones. Regardless of location, they are willing to pay for Energy as a Service, but demand high quality and reliability of energy rather than paying for energy as a product, which they have done for many decades.

To learn more about solar deployments, watch the webinar on-demand or share it with a colleague.

Topics: solar monitoring, IoT, solar energy, Aeris IoT Services platform