Gemalto accelerates IoT innovation with new rapid prototyping tool

The Cinterion Connect Shield from Gemalto (photo: Gemalto)

Gemalto, a leader in digital security solutions based in The Netherlands, is introducing a rapid prototyping tool that is expected to speed up and simplify the creation of new Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The Cinterion Connect Shield development board utilises the popular and highly accessible Arduino design environment, and features an intelligent modem chipset optimised for low power IoT devices that can deliver extended battery life.

The Cinterion Connect Shield is the latest addition to Gemalto's portfolio of development tools, which help designers and systems integrators develop IoT and M2M ideas based on the company's robust connectivity modules. For the first time, it will be possible to test and prove concepts that employ Gemalto's LTE Cat. 1 wireless connectivity technology, using the familiar Arduino board format and programming language. Access to IoT prototyping will be broadened and time to market reduced, speeding the roll-out of innovative and efficient solutions.  

Gemalto's Cinterion Connect Shield roadmap also includes rapid migration to the latest Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) standard, which is designed to support applications that prioritise long battery life and reliable connectivity in challenging environments, such as below ground. Adoption of NB-IoT will therefore facilitate a host of new IoT and M2M applications, including sensing and monitoring initiatives for the smart city and smart agriculture, and intelligent metering in the utilities sector.

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