SparkFun MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board

Note - Please read before purchasing!: The MicroMod Asset Tracker uses the "00B" product version of the SARA-R5 module (specifically the SARA-R510M8S-00B-00). LTE NB-IoT Radio Access Technology, and the LTE FDD bands: 66, 71, 85 are not supported by this version. Refer to the SARA-R5 datasheet for more information.

The SparkFun MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board provides you with a toolkit to monitor and track the location of your assets. Built around the u-blox SARA-R510M8S module, the asset tracker offers Secure Cloud LTE-M and NB-IoT data communication for multi-regional use and has an integrated u-blox M8 GNSS receiver for accurate positioning information. The SARA-R5 supports many different forms of data communication from full TCP/IP sockets and packet switched data, through HTTP Get/Put/Post, FTP (the SARA has a built-in file system), Ping, to good old SMS text messaging!

The Asset Tracker Carrier Board has an integrated ICM-20948 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for Nine Degree-Of-Freedom orientation and movement detection. Want to send a message if your asset is moved? The Asset Tracker can do that! The board also has a built-in digital microphone and so can send an alert as soon as a noise is detected too.

The SparkFun Asset Tracker Carrier Board has a built-in micro-SD card socket for data logging as well as a SIM card port and included SIM card. Power options include both USB-C and LiPo battery (with built-in charging and battery fuel gauge), but you can provide power via a breakout pin too.

We’ve provided a full set of examples to get you up and running quickly and our SARA-R5 Arduino Library does all of the heavy lifting for you.

The Asset Tracker will work with any of our MicroMod Processor Boards, but because it offers so many features and can be configured in different ways, some Processor Boards may be a better choice for your application than others. Please see our Hookup Guide for further details.

The u-blox SARA-R510M8S module provides Secure Cloud LTE-M and NB-IoT data communication for multi-regional use. Please check that your service provider offers LTE-M / NB-IoT coverage for your area before purchasing.

  • u-blox SARA-R510M8S module providing Secure Cloud LTE-M data communication for multi-regional use
    • Please check that your service provider offers LTE-M coverage for your area before purchasing
    • 1x MicroMod Update Tool included to communicate directly with the u-blox SARA-R510M8S module using u-blox’s sophisticated m-center
  • Integrated u-blox M8 GNSS receiver for accurate positioning information
  • Nano SIM socket
  • ICM-20948 Inertial Measurement Unit for 9-Degree Of Freedom orientation and movement detection
    • “Wake On Motion” is supported
    • The IMU is located in the center of the board for easy frame-of-reference
  • Digital microphone (SPH0641) for noise detection
  • micro-SD socket for data logging
  • Can be powered by one of our rechargeable LiPo batteries
    • Includes both a LiPo battery charger (MCP73831) and a battery fuel gauge (MAX17048)
  • Separate, robust SMA connections for LTE and GNSS antennas
    • Switchable 3.3V power for an active GNSS antenna
  • USB-C connectivity
  • Qwiic (I2C) connector
  • LED indicators for:
    • Power (VIN and 3.3V)
    • SARA-R5 on
    • Network indicator
    • GNSS timing pulse (1PPS)
  • 3.3V breakout pins for:
    • SARA on
    • Network indicator
    • GNSS timing pulse (1PPS)
    • I2C bus
    • SPI bus
    • D0, D1, A0, A1 PWM0, PWM1
    • SARA I2C
  • RTC backup battery

SparkFun MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board Product Help and Resources

MicroMod Update Tool Hookup Guide

February 25, 2021

Follow this guide to learn how to use the MicroMod Update Tool to interact directly with the UART on the MicroMod Asset Tracker's SARA-R5. Using this board you can talk directly to the module using u-blox's m-center software as well as update the firmware using EasyFlash.

MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board Hookup Guide

February 25, 2021

Get started with the SparkFun MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board following this Hookup Guide. The Asset Tracker uses the u-blox SARA-R510M8S LTE-M / NB-IoT module to provide a host of data communication options.

Core Skill: Programming

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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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  • Be aware that as of Feb 26, 2021, the m-center software is only available for M$ Windows.

  • What exactly does this mean: "Please check that your service provider offers LTE-M / NB-IoT coverage for your area before purchasing." ??? If I want to asset track a package world wide, how do I know what the coverage will be? Or even just within the U.S.?

    And how about this one: " the asset tracker offers Secure Cloud LTE-M and NB-IoT data communication for multi-regional use". Is that "Secure Cloud etc." something that uBlox offers? If so, is it free? If not, how much does it cost?

    Over all, this product looks great! But more info is needed. As Johnny Five once said "Need Input!!!"

    • Hi there,

      As mentioned in the introduction section of the hookup guide for this product, you need to the contact service provider (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) of the SIM card you are using... like any cell phone (with a SIM card). For the cloud stuff, please visit the hologram.io page (of the included SIM card) for more information on their services.

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