Solar powered industrial applications are becoming increasingly common and cellular communication is often a key component. Ctek's PowerMinder feature set significantly reduces power consumption in Ctek SkyRouters by managing a schedule of when the SkyRouter will be actively connected to the network and when it can be placed in a low power standby mode of operation. PowerMinder consists of two components, a SkyRouter resident scheduling application and a hardware low power standby controller that reduces standby power consumption to micro amps. Designers of solar and battery powered applications will find the PowerMinder feature set particularly useful to minimize the solar panel and battery requirements at each remote site. The PowerMinder feature also reports on the voltage being supplied to the SkyRouter. In battery powered applications this is commonly battery voltage and provides a useful indication of the health of the overall charging system.
Ctek's PowerMinder is also at home in vehicle based solutions where the vehicle may be turned off for protracted periods of time while the tracking application still needs to periodically determine the position of the vehicle.