The AWS IoT ExpressLink SARA-R5 Starter Kit provides all you need to connect a device to AWS IoT Core over a cellular LTE-M network. The SARA-R5 module on the board supports the AWS IoT ExpressLink AT command set, which aims to make the app developer’s life easy.
Built around AWS IoT ExpressLink, the Starter Kit offers AWS IoT Core access with a pre-activated SIM card for global use already inserted in the slot. The kit includes a SARA-R5 module mounted on a SparkFun MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board into which a SparkFun MicroMod processor board can be inserted, allowing the module to be used with many different microprocessors. An ESP32 Processor Board is included in the kit allowing to run examples or demo applications.
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 with an already inserted pre-activated SIM card with 250MB of global data as well as an LTE antenna. 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.
You can find AWS IoT ExpressLink examples on GitHub to run on the MicroMod processor.
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. To run through the Getting Started guide the kit also includes a MicroMod Update Tool.
Note: Our partner, u-blox, will continue to enhance the firmware for this product. To support this effort, SparkFun will provide u-blox the contact information for customers who purchase this kit to contact you for firmware feedback.
MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Documentation:
AWS IoT ExpressLink Documentation:
u-blox SARA-R5 LTE-M Module Documentation:
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Based on 2 ratings:
It was arrived in time, unfortunately it did not work. The Sim card should be activated according to AWS IoT ExpressLink SARA-R5 Starter Kit, but I am not able to register to any network operator. I also try to run the arduino example code to test its function with the Sparkfun ESP32 MicroMod, it failed most of the examples neither. So I have to ask for a return or a replacement. When I receive the replacement and will have done the tests, I will try to update this review.
Knowing what it is capable of, it is a nice board. But there are limitations that you MUST know beforehand: