Ruuvi Node Open-source Node Solution Combines Nordic Semi nRF9160 Cellular SiP & nRF52840 Bluetooth SoC

Back in 2016, we covered Ruuvi Innovations’ Ruuvitag open source Bluetooth & NFC sensor beacon is based on Nordic Semi nRF52832 Bluetooth SoC. The company has now introduced Ruuvi node, another open source multi-purpose, industrial-grade cellular gateway, environmental sensing, and asset tracking node solution based on not one, but two Nordic Semi chips with nRF91 cellular IoT SiP (System-in-Package) with NB-IoT and LTE M (eMTC) connectivity and nRF52840 multi-protocol Bluetooth 5.0 SoC.

Ruuvi Node NB-IoT Bluetooth 5 Solution
Ruuvi Node Gateway and three RuuviTags – Click to Enlarge

It’s an early announcement with the launch of the first pilots of Ruuvi Node planned for Q2/Q3 of this year, so the full specifications are yet to be released.

However, thanks to a press release on Nordic Semi website, we do know that Ruuvi Node is meant to be maintenance-free, will include a solar panel for  energy harvesting (which mean the included 45Wh battery may never run out depending on the application), several environmental sensors, GPS positioning provided via nRF9160 SiP, and NFC for securely reading device IDs and uploading configuration parameters.

The solution can be used as a standalone asset tracker and sensor node, and is compatible with existing ‘RuuviTag’ Bluetooth sensor beacons, meaning the latter can be connected to the Internet easily through IoT cellular networks. Ruuvitag are apparently quite popular, as they are being used by over 1,500 companies including Bosch Connected Industry for their asset tracking / logistics solution.

“Open source” here means both hardware and software will be open source, so clients can adjust the firmware to their requirements as needed. The solution will be “attractively priced, and likely available later this year (Q4) or in 2020.

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