SparkFun recently announced the release of two new IoT development boards, in partnership with InPlay and Bosch Sensortec: the SparkFun NanoBeaconTM Lite Board - IN100 and the SparkFun NanoBeaconTM Board - IN100. The two versions enable prototyping with the 'Lite' version, followed by using the production version in large installations once the design is complete. These boards are excellent options for wireless sensor monitoring, asset tracking, retail beacons, and even for creating a custom beacon tag for real-time location monitoring.
The boards feature the Bluetooth® Low Energy-compliant IN100 NanoBeaconTM from InPlay, which transmits at 2.4GHz. Key features include:
Programming-free design: Negates the requirement for embedded software programming; an application-specific PC configuration tool is provided for configuring the IN100 device.
Low power: Power consumption is less than one microamp, allowing it to send data packets for long periods on a coin cell battery.
Designed for Bosch Sensortec sensors: Ready to integrate the BME280 3-in-1 humidity sensor, which measures humidity, air pressure, and ambient temperature, as well as the BMA400 ultra-low power digital accelerometer breakouts.
Qwiic® enabled: Developers can use more than 400 products in the Qwiic® rapid prototyping ecosystem with an onboard Qwiic® connector.
Extraordinary Range: up to several hundred meters.
NanoBeacon BLE Scanner App: direct connection to the latest available mobile app enables users to effortlessly access and employ data provided by nearby BLE peripherals and beacons.
Kirk Benell, CTO at SparkFun, explained, "With its NanoBeacon SoC technology, InPlay delivers an innovative, programming-free solution to the IoT that we're excited to bring to market." He added, "Merging this solution with SparkFun's plug-and-play Qwiic ecosystem delivers a frictionless IoT development solution. Pairing this rapid IoT system with Bosch Sensortec's incredible sensors allows the development and deployment of low-power, high-value IoT sensor nodes in minutes."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
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