In partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), MinFarm has developed technology to reduce power and data consumption of remote IoT deployments. By utilizing a sophisticated combination of data protocol acceleration and power scheduling techniques MinFarm Technology is addressing the problems of poor connectivity and lack of reliable power in off-grid and remote IoT deployments.
Benefits of the technology include:
Benefits for IoT Gateway installations that have no grid power source
IoT Gateway's use on average 5W of energy. This equates to solar array sizes ranging between 80W - 1200W depending on the latitude of an installation. With an individual 80W panel size of 760 mm x 680 mm x 30 mm, many off-grid installations require concrete foundations for stability or simply become too big to be stable to use. MinFarm Technology can have a dramatic affect on energy consumption of IoT Gateways, reducing by a factor of 10 energy consumption in many installations. This equates to 10 times smaller solar panel sizes and 10 times smaller required batteries. This significantly reduces the cost of a remote IoT installation, reduces the need for heavy machinery and concrete during an install, and results in an installation that is smaller, more durable and requires less maintenance.
Benefits for IoT Gateway installations that require satellite back haul are two fold.
1. If the satellite user has a low-power, low-bandwidth satellite terminal, MinFarm’s technology allows the bandwidth to go further by providing IoT protocol acceleration.
2. If the satellite user has a high-power, high-bandwidth satellite terminal, MinFarm’s technology leads to significant power savings which allows for off-grid applications using solar technology.