u-blox has announced its first cellular module u-blox SARA-R500E which comes with an embedded SIM chip (eSIM) and is designed for size-constrained applications with high requirements in terms of robustness and security, such as connected healthcare and asset trackers. Offering LTE-M connectivity, this module is pin-to-pin compatible with all the other modules in the SARA family and uses the SARA-R5 AT command interface, making it easy to drop the SARA-R500E into existing designs.
The eSIM embedded in the SARA-R500E offers product developers and end-users important advantages. This module’s eSIM does not need to be inserted manually by the end-user and allows product developers to design tightly sealed devices that meet the demanding IP67 and IP68 criteria. This makes the module ideal for rugged IoT applications such as smart meters, surveillance cameras, and environmental sensors.
Key Features of the SARA-R500E Module
- Embedded SIM (eSIM) with various connectivity plans
- No need for external SIM, SIM holder, or related components
- Enhanced robustness and reliability
- Cost-effective, power efficient, reduced total solution footprint
This module also offers the option to access u-blox’s MQTT Anywhere service, which reduces bandwidth requirements for cellular data transfer, saving costs and power. u-blox IoT Location-as-a-service portfolio, including AssistNow for real-time GNSS assistance data, and CellLocate, for cellular network-based positioning, is also available.