Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SensiEdge SoM increases range for IoT applications

Steve Rogerson
September 6, 2018



Israel-based SensiEdge has introduced a system-on-module (SoM) starter kit that acts as a board-level IoT sensor node. Building on the company’s Bluetooth-enabled SensiBLE IoT SoM, Sensisub delivers higher range and more reliable frequency bands to penetrate obstacles and reduce interference.
 
The device is suitable for IoT applications such as smart factory, smart home, smart grid and smart city deployments.
 
Featuring a low power Arm 32bit Cortex-M4 CPU with FPU, and a range of serial interfaces including SPI, I2C, uart, ADC, Can, USB and GPIO, Sensisub combines a Spirit1 low-power RF transceiver from STM, offering certified sub-1GHz connectivity in three frequency versions (433, 868 and 915MHz), with a suite of customisable sensors including three-axis accelerometer, magnetometer and digital gyroscope, plus pressure, microphone, relative humidity, ambient light, temperature and UV sensors.
 
The hardware-ready configuration provides a complete, self-contained RF platform in a 20 by 30mm form factor that enables wireless connectivity without prior RF expertise. As such, it is suitable for a wide range of target markets and applications that demand rich functionality, including smart metering, industrial lighting, and home and building automation. The long range, reduced interference and low power features of the sub-1GHz spectrum band make it a fit for these IoT applications.
 
“Our new Sensisub is certified and helps developers with limited or no RF expertise accelerate the design phase of projects and reduce the time to market for IoT applications,” said Milan Yudkovich, founder and CEO of SensiEdge. “As seamless connectivity becomes a standard requirement, this IoT module helps product and system designers integrate complex RF functionality into their prototype embedded designs, enabling a new generation of makers to more easily realise their concepts.”
 
The IoT SoM is an industrial-grade customisable product for engineers looking to design IoT devices without getting involved in either hardware development or production logistics. It allows developers to focus on their own applications, domain expertise and core competencies, rather than the underlying hardware platform or production logistics when creating products for the IoT.
 
It fits coin battery-powered applications that require integration of multiple sensors with sub-1GHz connectivity, without compromising on cost and power consumption. It also shares the same form factor as SensiBLE, letting users develop and build prototypes and proof-of-concepts using SensiBLE, before transitioning to Sensisub for deployments requiring greater range.
 
SensiEdge was founded in 2015 by Yudkovich, a hardware expert with practical engineering experience solving technical problems for the entire design cycle; SensiBLE, the company’s first module, is a hardware-ready platform for developers and entrepreneurs. The SensiEdge product roadmap includes WearaBLE based on SensiBLE v2.0, the Sensisub module as well as SensiLoRA, a LoRA-enabled IoT module.