Easy-to-Use Dual-Mode Bluetooth Module for Industrial IoT Applications

u-blox has introduced the new NINA-B2 dual-mode Bluetooth 4.2 stand-alone module for industrial IoT applications. The module has a built-in secure boot function and can operate across a wide range of temperatures. Pre-flashed with u-blox connectivity software which supports many common use cases such as Beacon, GATT client, GATT server, and serial port, NINA-B2 is configured easily using AT commands over UART, without requiring deep knowledge of the Bluetooth protocol. The module has already been tested and certified globally, which reduces development costs and speeds up time to market.

NINA-B2’s built-in secure boot guarantees that the software is authenticated by u-blox and has therefore not been tampered with. This provides a secure operating environment for the Bluetooth module.

The NINA-B2 is very compact, at 10 x 10.6 x 2.2 mm (without antenna) and 10 x 14 x 3.8 mm (with antenna). Most of the Bluetooth modules at this scale are single-mode Bluetooth low energy or Bluetooth BR/EDR devices. NINA-B2’s size makes it an easy fit in any IoT device. It is also pin-compatible with the u-blox NINA family, allowing it to be easily swapped in or out with other NINA modules, with their different radio technologies such as Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi.

Apart from industrial automation such as machine control devices, industrial terminals and products for remote control, possible applications also include wireless-connected and configurable equipment, point of sale, telematics, and health devices.

The NINA-B2 should go into production in summer 2018. Click here to learn more.