4G LTE ‘maker’ M2M modem project hosts u-blox module

February 08, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
u-blox’ TOBY-L2 LTE module has been embedded in what is claimed as the first 4G LTE Maker Modem by M2M Circuits - now running a campaign on Kickstarter. The 4G modem is designed for the “MakerSpace” enabling direct cellular connection to single-board computers and microcontrollers for M2M applications.

In addition to offering high-speed TCP/IP over the LTE network for higher data-rate M2M applications and broader coverage, the Maker Modem is also provisioned for SMS enabling communication by text messages. The team created an open-source API making it easier for developers to use their favourite single-board computers or microcontrollers.

It also has a ready-to-use built-in antenna system, complemented by external antenna access for use in more rural areas, and comes with two data-port connections (USB connection and two-wire serial interface for low-power microcontrollers). The Maker Modem is looking to be certified in the US, before targeting the European market.

M2M Circuits; http://m2mcircuits.com/

The Kickstarter campaign; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/makermodem/maker-modem

u-blox; www.u-blox.com