Secure and Robust LTE-M/NB-IoT Module Series For IoT Applications

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The module is based on an LPWA IoT chipset, which also helps establish 5G LTE, thus greatly improving end-product scalability and lifetime

To strengthen the LPWA IoT applications, such as industrial automation, sensor applications, connected health, metering, asset and vehicle tracking, as well as telematics, the SARA-R5 from u-blox provides robust cloud connectivity and security.

Each module offers built-in Secure Cloud functionality with a unique and immutable identity derived from a hardware-based robust root of trust – hosted inside a Secure Element – that forms the basis for a trusted set of advanced security features including the management of encryption keys.

Available as u-blox IoT Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), this functionality solves the longevity and safety imperatives of IoT devices for sensitive or confidential applications.

The SARA-R5 series is based on the UBX-R5, a low power wide area (LPWA) IoT chipset from u-blox that has achieved MNO certification and is also certified by Global Certification Forum (GCF)

The SARA-R5 guarantees long-term device availability and provides lifetime support of the entire platform, down to the chipset level. The fact that the SARA-R5 is 5G-ready also means that customers will be able to software upgrade their deployed devices once 5G LTE has been rolled out by mobile operators, greatly improving end-product scalability and lifetime.

Product Variants

The SARA-R5 series has three product variants, all featuring u-blox Secure Cloud functionality and supporting u-blox IoT SaaS.

The SARA-R500S offers LTE connectivity, while the SARA-R510M8S includes an integrated u-blox M8 GNSS and a separate GNSS antenna interface, providing highly reliable and accurate positioning data simultaneously with LTE communication. This makes it ideal for mobile applications such as fleet management, tracking, and telematics. The SARA-R510S, on the other hand, is specifically designed for ultra-low battery-powered applications like metering, smart city, connected health, security and surveillance, and remote monitoring.

“The SARA-R5 series is unique for the level of security it brings with a root of trust embedded in a hardware-based Secure Element and a key management system (KMS) that is highly optimized for low bandwidth LPWA applications,” said Samuele Falcomer, Senior Product Manager, Product Center Cellular, u-blox.

After having received LTE-M certification from several North American Tier 1 operators, the SARA-R5 LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular series is now in production.


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