Pycom’s five-network IoT development board incorporates Sequans LTE-M technology
Sequans Communications S.A. and Pyco have announced that the newest Pycom IoT platform FiPy will include LTE networking capability powered by Sequans’ Monarch LTE Cat M1/NB1 chip. FiPy is a hardware module that unifies LTE with other proprietary or unlicensed low-power, wide area (LPWA) technologies into a single, five-network Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution. In addition to LTE Cat M, the FiPy includes LoRa, Sigfox, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity options.
Based on the ESP32 system on chip (SoC) from Espressif Systems, FiPy comes in a 55 mm x 20 mm x 3.5 mm form factor and is programmable using the MicroPython language. The board's open source firmware comes with supporting development tools such as the Pymakr IDE, the Pymate mobile app, Pysense, and Pytrack application boards, as well as a free middleware platform that will be available in April 2017.
“FiPy opens a wide new world to IoT developers by including standard, licensed LTE in a comprehensive IoT connectivity solution,” said Craig Miller, Sequans’ VP of worldwide marketing. “LTE enables developers to address the many wide area applications, for example, in industrial, municipal, and wearable markets, that need the reliability, security, and longevity of LTE.”
Pycom’s Kickstarter campaign for FiPy launched today, and FiPy is expected to be commercially available in Q2 2017. For more information, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1795343078/fipy-the-worlds-first-5-network-iot-dev-board.