Nordic Semi: open-source industrial-grade environmental sensing and asset tracking solution

Nordic Semiconductor announces that an open-source, multi-purpose, industrial-grade cellular gateway, environmental sensing, and asset tracking node solution from Ruuvi Innovations employs both a low-power Nordic nRF9160 SiP cellular IoT module (LTE-M and NB-IoT) and an ultra-low power Nordic nRF52840 Bluetooth5 multi-protocol (Thread, Zigbee) SoC.

The Ruuvi Node is maintenance-free and will include an embedded solar panel to support energy harvesting (which in some applications will mean the batteries never run out), a full range of environmental sensors, GPS positioning (leveraging the Nordic nRF9160 SiP's embedded GPS support), and NFC for securely reading device IDs and uploading configuration parameters (leveraging the embedded NFC feature on Nordic's nRF52840 SoC).

A large capacity 45Wh battery, multi-use expansion ports, and support for an external power source for high duty applications is also included. In addition to being able to function as a standalone IoT asset tracker and sensor node, the device will also be able to act as a cellular gateway for any of Ruuvi's existing 'RuuviTag' Bluetooth sensor beacons located nearby.

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