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Conexio Stratus is a tiny (50.8 mm x 22.86 mm) yet powerful development kit for creating cellular-connected electronic projects. It runs best-in-class Zephyr RTOS for connected devices and is a battery-operated platform, making it ideal for prototyping cellular IoT systems such as asset tracking applications, environmental monitoring, and smart meter monitoring just to name a few. Equipped with the Nordic nRF9160 System in Package (SiP), it supports LTE-M, NB-IoT, and Global Positioning System (GPS). Stratus has two onboard external U.FL antennas, one for the GPS and the other for LTE-M/NB-IoT, enabling it to support a global range of LTE bands.
Stratus has built-in battery charging, monitoring, and energy-harvesting circuitry which makes it easier to connect to and recharge the Li-Po battery, creating fully energy-autonomous applications. In addition, Stratus incorporates an accelerometer as well as a temperature & humidity sensor for detecting both movement and sensing the surrounding environment, right out of the box. Finally, Stratus provides 26 mixed-signal GPIOs for interfacing with external sensors, actuators, and other electronics.
To connect to IoT cellular networks out-of-the-box, Stratus comes preloaded with 500 MB of data and a total of 250 SMS valid for 10 years with service in more than 100 countries worldwide without additional costs, making it the most versatile IoT development kit in the market.
Stratus is perfect for connecting existing projects to the Cloud or as a gateway to connect other local endpoints without having to worry about the infrastructure cost, making it useful for both professionals and hobbyists.
For example: Stratus is perfect for environmental monitoring and smart agriculture like precision farming, crop monitoring, climate and food supply-chain monitoring, and farm analytics. It’s also excellent for smart energy and utilities, and can enable smart grids, smart metering, and remote diagnostics for easy monitoring and billing. You could use Stratus for fleet management to track your assets in real-time with seamless global coverage and end-to-end visibility, or machine monitoring to enable predictive maintenance and machine monitoring for Industry 4.0 with cellular connectivity. It can be used in retail for smart checkout, inventor, and supply chain management. It can even be used in healthcare to power mission-critical healthcare applications like remote patient monitoring and wearables.
MCU: Nordic nRF9160 Microcontroller with ARM Cortex M33
Energy harvester IC
Board power supply
Debugger & Programmer
For expansion and interfacing various sensors and hardware peripherals via standard interfaces (I2C, SPI, & UART) with ease, Conexio Stratus also comes with a shield as an optional addon.
No need for breadboard and soldering iron, working with a Stratus shield requires no soldering and minimal wiring. Just plug the sensors, actuators, or displays into this shield via the standard cables, and focus on coding and application creation.
Conexio Studio is a tool to easily create and debug Conexio Stratus + Zephyr RTOS projects in Visual Studio Code. To make application and project development with Conexio Stratus fast and fun for low-level application designers or novice IoT developers, the Conexio team has developed an extension for Visual Studio Code. Using Conexio Studio, one can build, compile, and deploy codes to Conexio Stratus with minimal effort. Create projects with nRF Connect SDK and Zephyr RTOS with built-in templates created by the Conexio team. All examples and the VSCode extension will be available for download when the campaign starts.
Once the campaign is fully funded we will publish our open source files, including the schematics, firmware project files, documentation, and software on GitHub.
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