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Our Hub

OUR HUB IS THE BIG, VISIBLE INNOVATION AT THE CENTRE OF BUFFALOGRID. IT IS SIMPLE, RELIABLE AND POWERED BY RENEWABLE ENERGY.


Field Research

Designed with Purpose

The Hub is the product of years of customer research, technical development and live field trials. Over time, the Hub has evolved to address a unique set of customer needs that can be distilled into one question:

How can I stay connected when power and connectivity are unreliable or unavailable?

Answering this question has taken us on a journey from selling a bicycle-mounted generator in Uganda, to providing village-level power in India. It has led us to make the Hub accessible for illiterate users and design the case so we can carry two complete systems on the back of a motorbike. And it has made the BuffaloGrid Hub what it is today - a connectivity service for our customers, a platform for our partners, and a system for our team to deliver impact at scale.

 


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Enclosure

Size: 270mm x 370mm x 80mm - small enough to carry in a rucksack and transport by motorbike

Weight: 5kg - heavy enough to be stable, but light enough to be portable

Dust-tight & Waterproof: IP67-rated and built for any environment

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Power In

Solar Panel: supplied to all our agents, so the Hub stays on even when grid power is down

Grid Monitoring: grid power monitoring providing live data and analysis to our team and partners

Power Storage

Lithium Ion Battery: storing power during the day, and dispensing power at night

Off-Grid Power: charge over 50 smartphones or 100 feature phones from battery power alone

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Power Out

28 Charge Ports: designed to serve large groups during periods of high demand

Custom Cables: durable and manageable with connections for every type of device

Intelligent Charging: ensuring every customers gets a full charge, regardless of phone type or battery size

Connectivity

Internet: Wi-Fi access for the local community

Mobile Data: 4G, 3G, GPRS & SMS connectivity

GPS: helping locate our Hubs so our team and customers always know where we are.

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Content

Screen: 8-inch HD OLED touchscreen - fully interactive video content for our agents, our customers and the whole community

Data Storage: allowing offline access to content and services


Not Just a Box

The Hub is not the service, it is only the means by which our customers access the service. Hidden away are the payment integrations, management and control systems, remote diagnostics tools and analytics dashboards that make the service run. It is only when these systems are combined with the Hub, and the service acts as one, that our customers can get connected.


Get Connected, Don’t Get In Debt

Our Hub is not for sale. We provide it free-of-charge to our agents, who then sell power to our customers. We feel ownership within the village is not the right approach. It can lead to complex debt-financing and forces companies to use low-quality components to keep the price down. Our customers want to get connected and we’re here to help them.