The SARA-R410M-02B from u-blox is an ultra-low power, configurable LTE Cat M1/NB1 multi-mode global module for the development of LPWA IoT applications. The module provides both LTE Cat M1 and Cat NB1 in a single hardware package, as well as software-based configurability for all deployed bands. It allows customers to use a single hardware version globally, providing enormous efficiencies in logistics and SKU management. Customers can select supported frequencies and operator configuration decisions at "zero hour" or even later in the field. The modes between Cat M1and Cat NB1 can be selected dynamically as either single or preferred connection. It is hardware ready for future support of voice functionality via VoLTE over Cat M1, which can be used for applications requiring a level of human interaction, as is the case for security applications such as alarm panels.
The module is available in a surface mount package that measures 16 x 26 x 2.5 mm and is ideal for applications in many areas, such as gas / water / electricity metering, city street lighting, building automation, HVAC, industrial monitoring and control, telematics, insurance, asset & vehicle tracking, security systems, alarm panels, outpatient monitoring and many consumer wearables. Critical firmware updates can be delivered with u-blox proprietary uFOTA (firmware over the air) client/server solution. SARA-R410M-02B provides an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C, and supports Power Save Mode (PSM) and Extended Discontinuous Reception (e-DRX), which can extend battery lifetime up to 10 years.