Nordic Semiconductor has introduced the 'Thingy:91' rapid cellular IoT prototyping platform which is certified for global, low-power, long-range LTE-M/NB-IoT applications, has unique Arm TrustZone security, comprises a full range of sensors, plus embedded support courtesy of an nRF52840 advanced multiprotocol SoC for complementary ultra low power short-range wireless technologies such as Bluetooth 5, Thread, Zigbee, and ANT.
A Nano (4FF) eSIM card from iBasis preloaded with 10MB of data is included with the Thingy:91 to allow automatic, instant, out-of-the-box cellular LTE-M and NB-IoT connectivity and roaming in a growing list of countries with cellular IoT networks.
A prime application for the device is asset tracking, particularly as it ships with a full sample asset-tracking application in place.
The device is housed in a 6cm x 6cm plastic and rubber case which incorporates a USB connector to charge the device's 1440mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery. The device's sensor list includes environmental sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, air quality, and air pressure, plus a colour and light sensor, along with separate low-power and additional high G-force accelerometers.