At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Gemalto introduced the Cinterion Connect Shield, a rapid prototyping tool that will speed and simplify the creation of new Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
The Cinterion Connect Shield development board utilises the popular Arduino design environment, and features an intelligent modem chipset optimized for low-power IoT devices that can deliver extended battery life.
The Cinterion Connect Shield, announced during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, is the latest addition to Gemalto’s portfolio of development tools, which help designers and systems integrators develop IoT and M2M ideas based on the company’s connectivity modules. For the first time, it will be possible to test and prove concepts that employ Gemalto’s LTE Cat. 1 wireless connectivity technology, using the Arduino board format and programming language. Access to IoT prototyping will be broadened and time to market reduced, speeding the roll-out of innovative and efficient solutions.
The Cinterion Connect Shield roadmap includes rapid migration to the latest Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) standard, which is designed to support applications that prioritize long battery life and reliable connectivity in challenging environments, such as below ground. Adoption of NB-IoT will therefore facilitate new IoT and M2M applications, including sensing and monitoring initiatives for the smart city and smart agriculture, and intelligent metering in the utilities sector.
“The new Cinterion Connect Shield rounds out Gemalto’s extensive developer tool kit designed to connect, secure and monetize a new breed of IoT solutions,” said Andreas Haegele, Senior Vice President of the IoT Products Business Line at Gemalto. “We are helping passionate IoT developers invent new applications that are smarter and more efficient than ever before.”