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MIKROE Thingstream Click

Thingstream Click is an IoT gateway Click board™ with the Thingstream client SDK preinstalled. This enables the device to connect to the Thingstream global MQTT network and connectivity tools straight out of the box. Global connectivity is achieved by connecting to the strongest GSM network available across over 600 networks worldwide. This Click board™ makes it easy to bring Thingstream connectivity to embedded computers and MCUs by simply utilising the UART interface; this can be configured and managed using a minimal set of well-documented AT commands.

Thingstream Click is supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, which includes functions that simplify software development.

Thingstream Click enables low-cost, low-power IoT connectivity and simple software integration with the Thingstream MQTT broker and cloud-based data management platform. It is designed to be connected to existing production or prototype baseboards with a mikroBUS socket. In addition, This Click board™ also comes with a start-up package comprising free Thingstream account activation, an embedded Thingstream SIM and three months of free global cellular connectivity. The device is activated by a redemption unique to the embedded SIM.

Each Thingstream Click board™ comes with three months of full access to the Thingstream global MQTT network and connectivity software tools and Data Flow Manager with up to 500 MQTT messages per month from the moment of activation.

The Thingstream Click is equipped with the SIM868, an 802.11b/g/n quad-band GPS/GLONASS/GSM location tracking and mobile communication module from SIMCom. This allows the device to connect to the Thingstream global MQTT network over GSM. Thingstream Click enables rapid development of intelligent IoT applications and simplified connectivity with cloud platforms using just a small set of AT commands and a flow-chart style application builder (Data Flow Manager), removing the complexities of web, hardware, and communications related development. This Click board™ is preconfigured with all of the necessary protocols and communications settings to connect with the Thingstream global MQTT network and Data Flow Manager. This is implemented via the Thingstream client SDK which can be used for development of the firmware located on the onboard STM32F407 MCU. Results can be achieved quickly without a deep understanding of software engineering and web programming.

Thingstream Click is equipped with various LED indicators. Separate LEDs are used to indicate the presence of a power supply, the network status and pulse per second indication (1PPS).

This Click board™ also contains a universal RGB LED for other feedback relating to the status of the Thingstream Click. This Click board™ requires 5V power rail for proper operation.

Besides the onboard USB connector, all of the mikroBUS™ pins on this Click board™, are routed to the appropriate pins of the onboard STM32F407 MCU. That way, it is ensured that users will have plenty of space for future upgrades and development. This enables a very broad range of custom applications including support for I2C and SPI communication interfaces.

All available interfaces can be made available to the mikroBUS header. By default, the board only supports UART communication using AT commands. Other interfaces like SPI, I2C, PWM and Analog can be supported by firmware updates. If you require this functionality, please contact the Thingstream team.

This Click board™ uses 3.3V logic level only. To be able to use it with MCUs that use 5V logic level on their communication lines, a proper level-translation circuit should be used.

The Thingstream connectivity platform provides out-of-the-box, global IoT connectivity. As the only provider of truly global, low-power IoT connectivity, Thingstream’s platform enables devices to simply connect to the strongest GSM network available, almost anywhere in the world and communicate using MQTT Messaging. Thingstream provides coverage for over 190 countries, across 600+ networks worldwide, providing access to the single largest IoT network of its kind.

Thingstream’s connectivity platform enables two-way intelligent communication between device and IoT application and with proven scalability, the platform is ideal for delivering mass IoT deployments. It doesn’t use TCP-IP and therefore, with no IP (Internet) dependency, things are inherently more secure and connectivity is delivered via a proven high availability, high performance global messaging platform.

Find out more about the Thingstream global MQTT network.

  • Interface: GPIO, I2C, SPI, UART, USB
  • Compatibility: mikroBUS™
  • Dimensions: 57.15 x 25.4mm
  • Input Voltage: 5V

MIKROE Thingstream Click Product Help and Resources

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