NB-IoT is most suitable for very low-power devices that only need to send small packets, while LTE-M has the additional advantage of voice over LTE-M, meaning the device can transmit short voice messages (think of emergency monitoring equipment whereby a brief description of a prevalent issue by a staff member can greatly help in finding a solution). This kit comes with an NB-IoT SIM card.
With this starter kit and our software libraries as well as tutorials, you will have the necessary means to create your own IoT prototypes. You can build, for example:
- Tracking device: the on-board GPS module provides position information, while the accelerometer can be used to activate the device so that it only switches on the GPS when the device moves.
- Level sensor: for dustbins, rivers and other objects that become fuller and emptier over time, the ultrasonic ranger can measure the level from above using sound waves.
All these applications become fully autonomous because the kit includes a solar panel and battery for power, and the SARA R410M modem provides a power efficient connection to Vodafone's Narrow-Band IoT or LTE-M networks. As the kit also contains a SIM-card provided by Vodafone with 6 months free connectivity, you will have sufficient time to test your application.
Contents of Kit:
- SODAQ SARA AFF R410M Development Board
- USB Cable
- 1200 mAh LiPo battery
- 0.5W Solar Panel
- Temperature Sensor
- Light Sensor
- PIR Motion Sensor
- Ultrasonic Ranger
- Tilt Switch
- OLED Display
- Vodafone IoT SIM Card
The SIM cards provided with our board are whitelisted to send data to the All Things Talk platform.
If you want to have your own server whitelisted, please contact Vodafone in your respective country. This is unfortunately outside our control.
Alternatively, you could use MQTT to retrieve the data that your board sends to All Things Talk.
To get started, please visit vodafoneiot.sodaq.com