Many Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG/PAYGO) systems are based on 2G/GPRS communications. But as 2G towers get replaced by 3G and 4G infrastructure, energy access organizations around the world will need to update their hardware. Okra's communications solution, Cicada, is an open source module with 2G, 3G, and 4G capability.
Read why and how Okra transitioned from an off-the-shelf 2G communications module to a custom solution.
Check out our GitHub to find Okra's hardware design for supported 2G, 3G, and 4G modems (with wifi in the future).
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Check out our GitHub to find Okra's source code for UART drivers, 2G, 3G, and 4G modems (with wifi in the future).
Open Energy Access Podcast
Going behind the scenes with Damian Velig, the CTO of Okra Solar, to discuss Cicada.
Prefer to read rather than listen? Here is the complete audio transcript from the interview with Damian Velig.
We're excited about Cicada. Read why we think Okra's work has the potential to help energy access organizations around the world.