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OTA Software Updates for Smart Energy (gridX)

gridX has a requirement for over-the-air software updates for their gridBox devices and used the Yocto Project for their builds. The driver for the requirement was having the ability to quickly support new features, as well as deploying bug fixed and path known security vulnerabilities. New software updates with a US stick manually to all gridBox devices in the field would be prohibitively expensive and labor-intensive.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Mender
    Mender is an Open Source over-the-air (OTA) software updater for connected Linux devices (Internet of Things). Safely and securely update your fleet of devices with Mender's client/server solution while managing all the security nuances required for the update process. Built by the team behind the battle-hardened Configuration Management framework that currently manages over 10 million Linux-based systems, Mender provides an OTA software updates product to fix software bugs, mend security vulnerabilities, and deliver new features to Linux devices.
  • TECHNOLOGIES
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Application Security
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Renewable Energy
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Business Operation
  • USE CASES
  • Cybersecurity
  • ABOUT CUSTOMER
  • gridX is the first truly digital and decentralised energy supplier that matches prosumers of renewable energy with consumers. The gridX gateway, called gridBox, is an Internet of Things device that interconnects renewables such as solar plants and storage
  • CUSTOMER NAME
  • gridX
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • Mender as a rich feature set while being a end-to-end open source, hence being the only solution that provided both components while allowing users to avoid vendor lock-in. Atomic updates with built-in rollback is a key requirement. We need to make sure our devices continue to work with automated rollback if the update didn't take for any reason. Mender provided that crucial capability. - Joel Hermanns, CIO of gridX

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Data Security, Energy Consumption Rate, Solar Power
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    Quickly provide new features over-the-air for customers
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Labor]
    Fleet-wide management elimiates manual effort to update devices 1-to-1
    Impact #3
    [Efficiency Improvement - Deployment]
    Automated rollback provides confidence deploying OTA software updates
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
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