Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

U-Blox module certified for Japan LTE-M use

Steve Rogerson
March 18, 2020

Switzerland-based U-Blox’s Sara-R410M-63B module has been certified for the Japanese market on the LTE-M cellular network of domestic network operators.
The module can support a broad spectrum of IoT applications such as smart metering, telematics, asset and vehicle tracking, security systems, building automation, smart lighting, and connected health.
"U-Blox has always considered security in the design of its positioning and wireless communications products,” says Eric Heiser, head of services at U-Blox. “With Sara-R410M-63B, we are launching our first commercial module featuring device and data security implementation in partnership with Kudelski, utilising their patented technology for key management.”
Kudelski is a Swiss company that manufactures hardware and software digital security and convergent media systems for the delivery of digital and interactive content.
The modules suit mission-critical IoT applications, as they include a unique and immutable root of trust. This provides the foundation for a trusted set of advanced security functionalities.
“The scalable, pre-shared key management system offers best-in-class data encryption and decryption, both on-device as well as from device to cloud,” said Rado Sustersic, senior product manager at U-Blox. ‘Utilising the latest (D)TLS stack and cipher suites with hardware-based crypto acceleration provides robust, efficient and protected communication."
The firm’s CellLocate cellular positioning technology enables standalone location estimation based on surrounding mobile network information or in conjunction with GNSS positioning data to improve location.
Users can future-proof their applications by means of the uFOTA (firmware over the air) client-server firmware updates, which use LWM2M, a light and compact protocol for IoT applications. Customised objects and resources can be created and added to devices that are already commercially in the field via the LWM2M dynamically loaded objects functionality.
And with manufacturing in ISO/TS 16949-certified production sites and an extended operating temperature range of -40 to +85˚C, the module is suitable for industrial applications.