An NarrowBand IoT shield by Shiratech has been added to the ARIS (Arrow Renesas IoT Synergy) platform, available from the distributor Arrow Electronics. The ARIS-Edge-NB-IoT shield features a Quectel BG96 module and plugs onto the ARIS-Edge-S3 board, which is based on the low-power Renesas Synergy S3A3 microcontroller. These two boards combined, enable users to evaluate streaming of sensor data to Microsoft’s Azure cloud via a cellular connection (2G/3G, NB-IoT or CAT-M1 depending on network availability), easily and fast.


The shield has an Arduino form factor and the low-power Quectel BG96 LTE CAT-M1 and NB-IoT modem, together with built-in GPS plus an antenna. Download speed up to 300kbits per second and upload up to 375kbits per second are supported. The ARIS-Edge-S3 board features a radio module with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE 4.1/4.2), Thread, and ZigBee stacks. The kit is suitable for home automation, smart meters, smart lighting, wearable electronics, medical monitors and industrial sensing. Arrow plans to add a LoRa shield as well.


The ARIS-Edge-S3 features a Bosch Sensortec BNO055 nine-degrees-of-freedom (9-DOF) application specific sensor node (ASSN). This sensor is widely used in robotics, augmented and virtual reality, drones, gaming, and other industrial applications. There is also an on-board BME280 environmental sensor from Bosch Sensortec, which combines temperature, humidity and pressure sensing, a separate MEMS microphone and an ambient light sensor for contextual awareness.


Arrow’s ARIS-Edge concept connects developers with the Renesas Synergy platform giving access to an optimised operating system, qualified stacks, consistent software libraries, and APIs that streamline IoT-device development and lower total cost of ownership.