Telit Adds LoRaWAN™ / BLE Combo Module to its Broad Range of IoT Wireless Technologies

Company also joins the LoRa Alliance™

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the introduction of the RE866A1-EU, its LoRaWAN™ protocol, Bluetooth low energy (BLE) IoT combo module. With the addition of LoRaWAN technology, BLE and Wi-Fi to NB-IoT, Cat M and to other cellular standards, the company continues to offer the industry’s broadest portfolio of wireless modules that feature a common form factor. Telit’s pin-compatible modules enable integrators to design devices that can be deployed with different variants, leveraging the technology that is best suited to each individual deployment area or use case, both in business and technical terms.

The company has also has joined the LoRa Alliance™, which is an open, non-profit association of over 450 members in the IoT ecosystem. It was initiated by industry leaders with the mission to standardize low power wide area networks (LPWANs) being deployed around the world to enable IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M), smart city and industrial applications. As an alliance member, Telit will collaborate to enhance the LoRaWAN protocol, by sharing knowledge and experience to guarantee interoperability among operators in one open, global standard.

“We are very pleased to have Telit in the Alliance. As one of the leading solution enablers and longest standing players in the IoT space, Telit brings experience and technology that can help meet the needs of the rapidly growing LPWAN market,” said LoRa Alliance Chairman, Geoff Mulligan.

The new module is fully compliant with the latest LoRaWAN standard. It is an ideal solution for public or private networks, smart metering, remote sensing, industrial automation/monitoring and control, wireless alarm and security systems, agriculture, asset tracking, street lighting and smart city applications.

“Enabling IoT solutions from end to end is part of the Telit brand promise. That includes maintaining a strong portfolio of low power modules that is fully aligned with market trends and free of gaps in relevant technologies,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit’s EVP of Products and Solutions. “With the new RE866, a customer can re-use a device and application designed for cellular to create new business opportunities by simply dropping our LoRaWAN protocol module in it, potentially creating a new product, serving a previously unaddressed market or developing a new business model. And the same goes, of course, for our Wi-Fi, and the emerging new LTE Cat NB and Cat M modules.”

Product Detail
The RE866 combo module supports both the unlicensed LPWAN LoRaWAN standard and Bluetooth® Low Energy with NFC capabilities inside the 863-931 MHz band. It offers a long range LoRaWAN radio link as well as different BLE peripheral and central roles. With full over-the-air capabilities, the module can stay current with standards evolution through remote firmware installation and upgrading. It is a natural gateway between BLE sensor devices connected to the module, sending data to a LoRaWAN protocol network. The RE866 is pin compatible with the NE866 (LTE Cat NB) module allowing customers to move from licensed to an unlicensed standard quickly and at little or no cost. It is available in May 2017. Learn more about the new RE866A1-EU module at http://www.telit.com/sr-rf/re866/.

New STM32 Boards from STMicroelectronics Support Cost-Effective and Ultra-Low-Power LPWAN Evaluation for Long-Range IoT Connectivity

Two new ready-to-use prototype boards available from STMicroelectronics slash the cost for developers to start evaluating LoRaWAN™ and other Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies including 6LoWPAN. The boards are based on the smallest and lowest-power LoRaWAN modules that exist on the market today, with a footprint not larger than 13x12mm and power consumption in the range of 1.2µA in standby mode.

The B-L072Z-LRWAN1 STM32 LoRa® Discovery kit ($46.50) builds on the all-in-one open module from Murata® that integrates a STM32L072CZ microcontroller (MCU) and Semtech SX1276 transceivers. The module features a LoRa modem that provides ultra-long-range spread-spectrum communication and high interference immunity whilst minimizing current consumption.

Since the module is open, developers have access to the STM32L072 MCU and its peripherals such as ADC, 16-bit timer, LP-UART, I2C, SPI and USB 2.0 FS (supporting BCD and LPM). They can design their applications using STM32L0 HAL and LL embedded software libraries, and can further extend the board’s functionality choosing from expansion boards within the STM32 Nucleo ecosystem or the large range of Arduino™ expansion boards.

The B-L072Z-LRWAN1 kit includes an on-board debugger, a 64-pin STM32 Nucleo morpho connector, an Arduino-compatible connector, and a battery socket. It also comes with access to a completely free development ecosystem that includes the MDK-ARM Integrated Development Environment (IDE), STM32CubeMX configurator and software tools, and ST’s LoRaWAN protocol stack (I-CUBE-LRWAN).

The I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 ($25.00) is an expansion board for STM32 Nucleo or Arduino boards that can be simply plugged in to quickly start work developing a full LoRa-based and/or FSK/OOK (Frequency-Shift Keying/On-Off Keying) connectivity applications. The board features a LoRaWAN module from USI® together with an STM32L052T8 MCU and Semtech SX1272 transceivers.

The USI module comes pre-loaded with an AT command stack that helps streamline development and saves programming. The I-CUBE-LRWAN stack is available free of charge. As an extra bonus, to aid development of Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications, the I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 board is also equipped with ST’s LIS2DS12 3-axis accelerometer, LPS22HB MEMS pressure sensor, and HTS221 humidity-and-temperature sensor.

Both boards are LoRaWAN-certified and fully compliant with wireless regulations in the US, EU, Russia, India, and other countries using the 860-930MHz frequency bands. In addition to the industry-standard protocols, they also support proprietary LPWAN protocols for long-range connection of IoT devices like smart meters, alarm systems, tracking devices, positioning devices, environmental sensors, and activity sensors.

The B-L072Z-LRWAN1 Discovery kit and I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 are ready for distributors to order now, and will be available via st.com by the end of this month.

For further information please visit www.st.com/stm32-lrwan.