easyRF, known for its antennas and RF modules, is introducing a platform that will help developers to come to a perfect IoT design.
The Arduino-Shield-based design makes it easy to use a Arduino-Uno board to create an independent application for Narrowband IoT, LTE Cat M1 and EGPRS. The Arduino shield is based on the Quectel BG96, one of the first multi-technology modules. They are complemented with additional features like a GPS receiver.
Besides Arduino, the ERF3000 works also standalone and it can be controlled through the USB port. Drivers are available for Linux, Android, Windows and Windows CE. The unit has a wide power supply range of 5 to 12V. Power connection is made by USB or the Arduino power supply. AT commands provides all kinds of functions and assignments.
The ERF3000 has a connection for one external antenna for communication with the telecom network. The GNSS (GPS / GLONASS / Galileo / QZSS, etc.) can be accessed through an onboard antenna of ProAnt. The indication LEDs show the status of the telecom network and the module. There are switches available to support different kinds of microprocessor boards. The Arduino shield can communicate through TCP, PPP or UDP, this makes it easy to use in an internet-of-things application.
The ERF3000 Arduino shield is a series of LTE Cat.M1/Cat.NB1/EGPRS module offering a maximum data rate of 375kbps downlink and uplink, therefore the number of possible applications is unlimited, low power consumption and the many different I/O's (SPI, I2C and GPIO). Applications are; track & trace, measurement and communication with sensors. It features ultra-low power consumption, and provides pin-to-pin compatibility with an Arduino UNO. The ERF3000 Arduino shield is also available with the Quectel BC95 Cat.NB1 (NB-IoT) module.
The ERF3000 combines the Power of the BG96 with an easy to use Arduino platform and allows for rapid testing an development.