Long range communication protocols can be divided into cellular and noncellular protocoles. Cellular protocols rely on communication via the existing cellular network. The most obvious example is the mobile phone communications we use everyday. However, it is not only the phone calls that communicate via cellular networks, but there are also new rapidly growing protocols which can enable smart infrastructures of the future.
These communication protocols are made to connect ‘Things’ to other ‘Things’ or nodes from different places. Implementing these nodes into different and remote places needs power maintenance. To tackle this issue, Nowi has developed two cellular communication protocol nodes which benefit from Energy Harvesting technology. Using energy harvesting, the battery life of these nodes can be extended significantly and in some cases can even be made energy autonomous. This reduces the power bottleneck and operational cost in large scale smart infrastructure projects.