Raspberry Pi Cellular IoT Application Shield – LTE-M & NB-IoT & eGPRS



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The ancient 2G cellular network is now dying. New and better LTE technologies are being used instead. LTE Cat M1/Cat NB1(NB-IoT) is the latest way of the machine to machine communication. This LTE shield for your Raspberry Pi allows you to connect the Raspberry to this new cellular network thanks to Quectel BG96 LTE module. It also provides the connection to eGPRS, the enhanced version of classical GPRS.

Quectel BG96 is a series of LTE Cat M1/Cat NB1/EGPRS module offering a maximum data rate of 375Kbps downlink and 375Kbps uplink with worldwide coverage. The shield has built-in temperature, humidity, light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, a relay and more. This LTE add-on for Raspberry Pi also supports GNSS(GPS, GLONASS etc) for location, navigation, tracking, mapping and timing applications purposes.

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  1. Fully compatible with Raspberry Pi models that have the 40-pin GPIO header (4, 3, 2, B+, A+, Zero)
  3. Worldwide coverage with supported bands:
    • Cat M1/Cat NB1:
      • LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B8/B12/B13/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28
      • LTE TDD: B39 (For Cat M1 Only)
    • EGPRS: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  4. Embedded GNSS Functionality (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou/Compass, Galileo, QZSS)
  5. 12-Bit 4 Channel ADC
  6. 3-axis Accelerometer
  7. Humidity and Temperature Sensors
  8. Ambient Light Sensor
  9. Isolated Optocoupler Inputs
  10. 1-Wire Sensors Interface
  11. 3GPP E-UTRA Release 13, 3GPP TS27.007, 3GPP TS 27.005
  12. Quectel Enhanced AT Commands over UART port to Raspberry Pi is available
  13. Efficient and low quiescent current regulator circuit can hold up to 3.6A
  14. Can be used standalone with PC/Laptop over micro USB, without stacking with Raspberry Pi
  15. Micro SIM Card(3FF) socket is easily reachable on the upside of the shield.
  16. Working temperature range: -30°C to +80°C

Key Applications

  1. Smart farming sensor
  2. Smart cities sensor
  3. Smart home sensor
  4. Internet of Things (IoT) sensor
  5. Smart door lock
  6. Smart lighting
  7. Smart metering
  8. Bike sharing
  9. Smart parking
  10. Smart city
  11. Security and asset tracking
  12. Home appliances
  13. Agricultural and environmental monitoring

Data Speeds

  • Cat M1: Max. 375Kbps (Downlink), Max 375Kbps (Uplink)
  • Cat NB1: Max. 32Kbps (DL), Max. 70Kbps (UL)
  • EDGE: Max. 296Kbps (DL), Max. 236.8Kbps (UL)
  • GPRS: Max. 107Kbps (DL), Max. 85.6Kbps (UL)

Package Includes

  • 1x Sixfab Cellular IoT Application Shield for Raspberry Pi
  • 1x LTE – GNSS Dual u.FL Antenna – 100mm
  • 1x 90-degree Right Angle Micro USB Cable
  • 1x Mini Flat Head Screwdriver for Connection Terminals