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Integrating LTE-M connectivity to IoT devices

19 November 2020
The Monarch LTE-M Development Kit allows designers to port cellular connectivity to IoT devices. Source: Avnet

Leading global technology solutions provider Avnet makes development of IoT devices more efficient with the new Monarch LTE-M Development Kit.

Avnet Inc. has introduced the Monarch LTE-M development kit designed to bring cellular wireless connectivity to internet of things (IoT) devices.

LTE functionality inside IoT devices is important to bring bandwidth and speed to always-on, data connectivity devices such as remote monitoring, asset tracking and smart city/smart home applications. The Monarch development kit includes the Sequans Monarch LTE-M modem, NXP’s LPC55S69 microcontroller, Verizon’s SIM and ThingSpace’s IoT platform.

“Connecting to the IoT requires more than a cellular signal,” said Jim Beneke, vice president of products and emerging technologies at Avnet. “Developers need the components, software and support to maximize reliability, simplify development and reduce overall time to market. Having a solution that provides all this ensures they have more resources to focus on the applications themselves and create IoT solutions that deliver real business value.”

The Sequans Monarch LTE-M modem is certified for end use on the Verizon network, eliminating the need for certification testing and improving time to market. The ThingsSpace IoT platform simplifies device deployment on the Verizon LTE-M network for reliable network connectivity.

The kit can be bundled with the Monarch Go Arduino Shield with an NXP LPC55S69-EVK board and includes example code for cellular-connected edge device-to-cloud connectivity. Avnet said it is offering the Monarch Go Arduino Shield as an accessory item for developers that want to enable other compatible Arduino MCU boards with LTE Cat-M1 connectivity.

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