Earlier this year Laird announced its Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) RM1xx module series, the first commercially available solution to integrate both LoRa™ and Bluetooth® Smart (BLE) connectivity into one module. Combining Bluetooth® v4.0 with LoRaWAN™, the emerging standard in Low Power Wide Area Networks, allows for longer-range EIoT systems. The RM1xx aggregates and transmits data from Bluetooth® Smart or BLE devices and sensors over LoRa™ to gateways as far as 15 km (~10 miles) away. In an industrial setting, for example, the RM1xx can monitor sensors on water, fuel, and chemical tanks throughout a facility via wireless BLE technology or any traditional I/O connections. It can then aggregate and relay that information back to a central server alerting plant managers to dangerous tank levels before an outage or catastrophe occurs. BLE sensors consume very little energy, so each tank sensor can last for years on a single coin cell battery, saving the management company time and money replacing batteries.

Below is a short unboxing video that gives you a preview of what to expect when your RM1xx development kit arrives at your doorstep. Check it out!

For more information about the module and LoRa™, check out the RM1xx LoRa™ module webpage.

3 Responses to Opening the Box: Laird’s RM1xx LoRaWAN + BT v4.0 [Video]

  1. Is it possible to use the internal serial EEPROM in my application. That would be to store data before transmission and retain that data in the event of failure to transmit that data such as due to battery failure or lack of signal reception.

    Is it also possible to use the SPI pins on the module for something else such as general port pins without loosing function of the internal EEPROM or any other function?

    • Jordan Manser says:

      Hi Andrew,

      There are two SPI buses in the RM1xx – one for our internal EEPROM and the other for customers’ use. We do not typically give access to our internal EEPROM. If you want to use your own EEPROM, you can use pin # 15-17 for sending data via SPI (see the HIG page 10 ). These pins can be set to other purposes such as GPIO DIGITAL_IN or ANALOG_OUT. They will not lose any function of our internal EEPROM by doing this as there is separate SPI bus line for it. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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