What is the SODAQ SARA AFF R410M?
The SODAQ SARA AFF R410M is an NB-IoT / LTE-M Supported, Arduino compatible, developer board that gives you access to all NB-IoT / LTE-M bands implying coverage across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. The name "SARA AFF R410M" originates from the powerful cellular module utilized within this board. Evidently, this module alone does not make the SODAQ SARA AFF the powerhouse it is - for that, we developed a low power consumption board that can be powered by solar / battery (2 JST connectors). Furthermore, we built in a range of high quality modules such as our integrated Microcontroller (Microchip Atmel SAMD21), GPS (uBlox M8Q for GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou support), Sensors (LSM303AGR digital magnetometer and accelerometer) The board further comes with a small antenna that connects to the uFl port.
What can the SODAQ SARA AFF R410M do?
Imagine you need to create a new IoT project where you need to track multiple containers over a range of countries. SODAQ boards provide the ultimate low power solutions that would allow you to bring your devices to fully sustained autonomy. If you were to put this SODAQ SARA AFF board in an enclosure, attach a small battery and a solar panel, you have a fully autonomous solution that requires no manual adjustments. Updates? Easy, these can go over the air. Support? we have a forum for that where our engineers answer any questions.
By utilising the SODAQ SARA AFF, you already have a full solution as it has a GPS built in, which would allow for tracking, as well as an accelerometer to detect movement. Whenever the device is moved, you could, for example, program it to send the GPS location. Everything is fully customisable, making this the perfect board for prototyping and scaling. The power consumption in sleep will be ~26uA.
What makes it so special?
We have now established a few things: firstly, this board is able to utilize all NB-IoT bands as well as LTE-M, implying that you can send your data over a tested network with the power of the latest module, with minimal energy expenditure, allowing for longevity of projects. Secondly, this board has GPS, accelerometers, microcontrollers and antennas built in, meaning that you get an off-the shelf product that can act as a tracking device.