Thuwal, November 28, 2021: NOMADD Solar has developed a unique fool-proof communications system enabling seamless and timely maintenance of its deployed solar panel cleaning robots.
The NOMADD low-energy communication technology allows for the transfer and processing of data from arrays with thousands of solar panels, avoiding congestion in transmission – which was previously not achievable.
The protocol implemented utilises one hundred per cent of the bandwidth, allowing for the installation of numerous robots without disruptions in data transmittal.
Kirk Gray, NOMADD’s chief information officer, said:
“You can just keep adding robots […] whereas using the other protocols, at some point, you add a robot, and nothing's getting through. So we actually have a great deal more flexibility.”
“If you implement a deterministic protocol, the latency that you experience, as you add more nodes in a network goes up in a linear fashion, whereas if you implement a probabilistic one, you actually get a network saturate and it collapses at a certain point.”
NOMADD has created an architecture that scales impressively because they made the fundamental choice to hire experienced engineers.
Experience is crucial because if mistakes are made during the architectural phase, it could take many years and extra effort to develop the software, according to Gray. The competing off the shelf protocols don’t scale as well.
Another ingenious step they have taken is implementing storage at every phase of the data transfer.
“For example, a base station will be out in the middle of nowhere, controlling robots. It can store about three months of data. So when the link goes down, and the data's not being squirted to the cloud, the data sits there and accumulates.
“And then, when the link comes back up, the data flows again, without any loss.