Module enables a wide range of IoT applications

2nd October 2018
Alex Lynn

Global provider of positioning and wireless communication technologies u-blox, has announced that T-Mobile USA has certified its LTE Cat NB1 SARA-N410 module to run on its new NB-IoT network. At an ultra compact 16x26mm, SARA-N410 supports ultra low power consumption, making it well suited for cost optimised long-term solutions required by many IoT applications.

Those include utilities such as gas, water and electricity metering, smart cities for instance with street lighting, parking sensors and waste management, smart buildings with building automation, HVAC and access control, as well as industrial monitoring and control.

Critical firmware updates can be delivered securely with u-blox proprietary uFOTA (firmware over the air) client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol ideal for IoT applications. This aims to enable customers to maintain the hardware over the full lifetime of the product for future enhancements to features and functionalists, especially in the case of crucial applications running on devices deployed over long periods of time. SARA-N410 also supports non-IP data delivery, a more efficient way of transmitting data for throughput-constrained low power wide area (LPWA) technologies.

SARA-N410’s nested design provides easy migration between u-blox 2G, 3G and 4G modules, while enabling future-proof, mechanical scalability across technologies. With a temperature range of -40 to +85°C, the module supports Power Save Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (e-DRX), which can extend battery lifetime up to ten years.

3GPP Coverage Enhancement permits the module’s connectivity to reach deeper into buildings and even underground when compared to other air interface technologies such as GSM or Cat 1.

Patty Felts, Principal Product Manager, Product Centre Cellular at u blox, stated: “The u-blox SARA-N410 is now certified for T-Mobile’s new NB-IoT network and thereby enhances u-blox’s position as a leader in Narrowband IoT, a globally recognised standard with extended coverage and low power consumption.”

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