Rural energy access organizations, in particular, find themselves operating in highly remote communities with little infrastructure. These are communities that are hard to travel to in the first place, let alone run and maintain a modern clean energy business in; and all while operating on a commercial basis. Okra’s communications solution, Cicada, is an open source module with 2G, 3G, 4G, and WiFi capability.
EnAccess supported this Open Source IoT Communication module so that other companies could avoid the cost, time, and frustration of this effort. The WiFi Cicada offers a way for energy providers to pair with VSAT satellite technology to provide internet access to remote communities, both for the purposes of IoT device communication and for general community access to WiFi.
We hope to see other similar projects come to be developed using this open source design. Read-to-use PCBA boards can easily be ordered on demand from the Seed Studio.
This repository contains the source code for UART drivers, 2G, 3G, 4G and Wifi modems. This library is platform agnostic, designed to be portable – including examples for mbed, FreeRTOS, or bare metal.
The Cicada IoT Communications Module for Energy Access is an easy way to get production ready, bi-directional communications for your IoT embedded device. This repository contains the hardware design for supported Cicada WiFi.
Need some guidance using Cicada? We can help!
In 2019, Okra developed (and open-sourced) an embedded module from the ground up which was 2G, 3G and 4G compatible. In 2022, they focused on a solution for areas with zero connectivity: the Wifi Cicada.
Bringing Energy Access to remote areas of the world is already a challenging enough task, and Open Sourcing this communication module is meant to help other Energy Distributors and manufacturers save time. This list of FAQs should help you get started using Cicada quickly.
This demo includes a look at the hardware modules, a Wifi & 2G software demo, and a code explanation. If you would like to ask more questions, please join the chatroom on Matrix:
• Sign up at app.element.io
• Enter the room at #enaccess-cicada:matrix.org