Arrow Electronics and Shiratech have launched the IoT Box, a multi-purpose IoT edge node and gateway solution that allows sensors and actuators to be connected directly to the cloud.
The solution was developed by the companies in conjunction with STMicroelectronics. Potential applications for the product incorporate air quality monitoring, safe city/smart city, home appliance, voice-sensing, smart edge node, and industrial gateway applications.
At the heart of the device is Stinger96, a single board gateway based on the 96Boards IoT Edition specification, which is linked with a proprietary mezzanine board to give multiple wireless connectivity and sensor options. The device is battery-powered, simplifying deployment in areas where mains power could be inaccessible or expensive to access, and runs Linux Yocto.
Stinger96 is designed around ST’s STM32MP157 microprocessor based on dual Arm Cortex-A7 cores and an Arm Cortex-M4 core. The board supports LTE Cat-M1, NB-IoT and EGPRS wireless connectivity with maximum data rates of up to 375/300kbps uplink and downlink, respectively. It provides global frequency bands, GPS and ultra-low-power consumption. Hardware connectivity comprises micro USB, micro SD and micro SIM. The board is offered separately for users who want to develop their own gateways.