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Simple cellular IoT prototyping promised by off-the-shelf dev kit

The Icarus IoT board helps developers get cellular IoT prototypes and demos up and running quickly

Actinius, a Dutch IoT start-up, has launched a "plug & play" development board and firmware.

The company explain that the board has been built to give both technical users and non-technical users the ability to control, monitor, and keep track of any asset, fleet, or cargo using GPS, LTE-M, and NB-IoT wireless technologies.

The 50.8 x 22.8mm Actinius Icarus IoT Board employs a Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 System-in-Package (SiP) to offer low power GPS and multi-mode LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular IoT operation globally. It contains a 64MHz Arm Cortex-M33 processor supported by 1MB of Flash and 256KB of RAM memory.

"Most third-party dev kits use proprietary form-factors to try to lock users into a specific ecosystem of sensor and board add-ons," commented Alex Tsamakos, Actinius Founder & CTO. "We wanted to take a much more open approach without imposing any unnecessary restrictions on developers. This gives them the freedom to take their cellular IoT prototype and pilot projects wherever they want to go in the quickest and easiest way."

The board also includes support for both Nano SIM and embedded SIM (eSIM) technology, and state-of-the-art ARM Trustzone and ARM Cryptocell 310 security. In addition, a vast range of sensor and peripheral interfaces includes an Adafruit FeatherWing compatible form factor and pinout layout to give users easy access to a vast range of add-on development options. It will retail for around $100.

Charlotte Hathway

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