Open-Source Industrial-Grade Environmental Sensing & Asset Tracking Solution

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These maintenance-free global cellular nodes can create huge cost-savings and enable large IoT deployments
Nordic Semiconductor announced that a unique, open-source, multi-purpose, industrial-grade cellular gateway, environmental sensing, and asset tracking node solution from Finnish open-source electronicsspecialist, Ruuvi Innovations, employs both a low-power Nordic nRF9160 SiP cellular IoT module (LTE-M and NB-IoT) and an ultra-low power Nordic nRF52840 Bluetooth®5 multi-protocol (Thread, Zigbee) SoC.
Developed by Finnish open-source electronicsspecialist, Ruuvi Innovation, it says that the Ruuvi Node is maintenance-free, 100% open-source node solution that combines a Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) cellular IoT module and an ultra-low power Nordic nRF52840 multi-protocol Bluetooth System-on-Chip (SoC) and will include an embedded solar panel to support energy harvesting (which in some applications will mean the batteries never run out), a full range of environmental sensors, GPS positioning (leveraging the Nordic nRF9160 SiP’s embedded GPS support), and NFC for securely reading device IDs and uploading configuration parameters (leveraging the embedded NFC feature on Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC).
In addition to being able to function as a standalone IoT asset tracker and sensor node, the device will also be able to act as a cellular gateway for any of Ruuvi’s existing ‘RuuviTag’ Bluetooth sensor beacons located nearby.

Key Features

  • Maintenance-free, 100% open-source node solution.
  • Includes embedded solar panel to support energy harvesting.
  • Large capacity 45Wh battery.
  • Multi-use expansion ports.
  • Support for external power source for high duty applications.
Ruuvi says its RuuviTags are employed in existing IoT solutions by over 1,500 companies, including the Industry 4.0 software specialist Bosch Connected Industry, where they are used as part of its logistics 4.0 solution ‘Nexeed Track and Trace’.

Availability

Ruuvi says it is aiming to launch the first pilots of its Ruuvi Nodeduring Q2-3 this year, and that it will be attractively priced to make it applicable to the widest range of potential applications and customers, from start-ups to large enterprises.
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