LTE Cat M1/NB1 multimode module, global IoT & M2M support

July 11, 2017 //By Graham Prophet
u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland) has added the SARA R410M 02B, multimode Cat M1 and NB1 device that includes software-based global band configurability in a single hardware design

The module is a configurable LTE Cat M1/NB1 multi-mode module with worldwide coverage. It is presented as the smallest-available module in the market today, measuring just 16 x 26 mm, to offer both LTE Cat M1 and Cat NB1 in a single hardware package, as well as software-based configurability for all deployed bands. The SARA-R410M-02B multi-mode global module supports ultra-low power consumption and cost-optimized solutions suiting it for the development of LPWA IoT applications.

 

The module allows customers to use a single hardware version globally. This provides enormous efficiencies in logistics and SKU management. Customers can easily respond to changes in business or market conditions, since supported frequencies and operator configuration decisions can now be made at “zero hour” or even later in the field. The flexibility extends further with the ability to select modes dynamically between Cat M1and Cat NB1 as either single or preferred connection.

 

Critical firmware updates can be delivered with u-blox’ proprietary uFOTA (firmware over the air) client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is suited to IoT applications. This enables customers to continue using the same hardware for future enhancements to features, functionalities or operator certifications, making it well-suited for crucial applications running on devices that may be deployed in the field over long periods of time.

 

The device also incorporates hardware readiness for future support of voice functionality via VoLTE over Cat M1, which can be used for applications requiring a level of human interaction, as is the case for security applications such as alarm panels.

 

u-blox; www.u-blox.com