Nordic-powered Cellular IoT Gateway and Tracker Enables Logistics and Transport Applications

all-in-one Cellular IoT Gateway and Tracker

IoT hardware solutions provider MINEW has launched an all-in-one cellular IoT gateway and tracker designed to help logistics operators manage assets in transit in near real-time. The ‘MG5 Outdoor Mobile LTE Gateway’ integrates Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52840 multiprotocol Bluetooth 5.3 SoC and nRF9160 lower power SiP with integrated LTE-M/NB-IoT modem and GNSS, enabling the device to receive data from other Bluetooth LE devices and relay it to the Cloud along with its own sensor and GNSS data. This data provides operators with actionable insights on their assets, personnel, or goods in transit.

The ruggedized MG5 Outdoor Mobile LTE Gateway comes in a 131.4 by 109.1 by 34 mm form factor and is suitable for use in demanding environments. It can switch between gateway and tracker mode depending on the application. In gateway ‘real time’ mode the device can support hundreds of external Bluetooth LE sensor or tag connections by connecting external power for real-time monitoring and long-term use. In tracker low energy mode, the device can be used to track the location of a particular vehicle, relaying its GNSS coordinates to the Cloud over the Nordic cellular link at specific intervals powered by its own internal battery. 

The nRF9160 SiP combines cellular network location data with GNSS trilateration for precise position monitoring enabling geo-fencing of valuable assets within a defined perimeter of the device. In addition to the nRF9160 SiP and nRF52840 SoC, the MG5 Outdoor Mobile LTE Gateway also integrates a temperature sensor, an accelerometer, and a barometer enabling it to act as a standalone tracker as required.