IoTa is a fully open source reference design and prototyping platform for developers to rapidly test and move applications to market. It is an end-use certified module for deployment worldwide on the NB-IoT and CAT-M bands. IoTa makes connectivity simple and allows embedded applications to access peripherals and sensors through an array of GPIO pins and serial interfaces.
The on-board microcontrollers implement user and system functions separately for ease of development. Battery management includes charging and fuel-gauge functions, making IoTa ideal for low-power applications. IoTa comes complete with an antenna, a usb cable, and a Hologram SIM card. Hologram also offers a free developer account so you can test your design and develop your portal. Other carriers’ SIM cards are supported as well.
IoTa has a wide variety of lightweight, powerful, remote applications. Examples include:
IoTa features a separate system processor and user processor. This frees the developer from having to design in a processor to run user code. Code development on the Arduino IDE simplifies the engineering design cycle and dramatically shortens the concept to completion time.
|IoTa||Particle Boron||Pycom GPy||Pebble Tracker|
|LEDs||2 (White, RGB)||1 (RGB)||None||1 (RGB)|
|3.3 V User Output||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Antenna Included||Yes||Yes||Yes (as configured)||Yes|
|u-blox R410 Modem||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|User SIM Card||Yes (Worldwide coverage via Hologram)||Yes (US only via Particle MVNO)||Yes (as configured)||No|
|OSHWA Certified||Yes (US002006)||No||No||No|
|Price||$139||$89.95||$165.90 with SIM plan and antenna||$215|
Hardware and system software for modem control are all open source. User code examples on our website are also open source. Hardware is certified by the Open Source Hardware Association (Certificate US000082). Recertification of the IoTa as a new design is pending.
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IoTa manufacturing has already begun, and boards are now coming off the line. At scale, we expect to produce on the order of 120 boards per week (three panels at 40 boards to a panel). Beyond that, most of the remaining work involves loading firmware and testing:
After testing and packaging the production batch of IoTa boards, we will send them on to Crowd Supply’s fulfillment partner, Mouser Electronics, who will distribute them to backers worldwide. You can learn more about Crowd Supply’s fulfillment service under Ordering, Paying, and Shipping in their guide.
In terms of manufacturing, IoTa is a dense design, which inherently lowers yields and increases the number of boards likely to require rework. And cellular connectivity comes with a few risks of its own. For starters, IoTa ships with a Hologram SIM, so it’s dependent on that service provider for access. (Alternate SIMS are usable but may require additional certifications.) Radiated emissions will need to be tested if you attach an RF sensor such as a radar-ranging device. This is not an issue for individual experimentation, but could be a factor if you intend to resell an IoTa-based device focused on such applications. With regard to logistics, high-quantity orders could be subject to fulfillment delays—as could all orders if key components end up facing availability issues that introduce latency into our manufacturing process.
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Produced by Poem Technology in Plainview, NY.
Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.
Perfect for the curious programmer looking to investigate IoT connectivity without the expense of data plans or monthly SIM charges. The included Hologram data plan provides a substantial data allotment.
Plainview, NY · poemtechnology.com
Poem Technology manufactures state-of-the-art IoT systems for engineers and designers of connected devices. POEM is an acronym for Point Of Entry Monitors. We offer cellular development kits, the DASH, and IoTa, for 2G/3G and CAT-M/NB-IoT connectivity.