Jorjin’s WS2116 Sigfox+BLE modules benefit from the market-leading performance and energy efficiency of ST’s BlueNRG-2 BLE System-on-Chip (SoC) and S2-LP sub-1GHz RF transceiver. These advantages have enabled Jorjin’s modules to deliver cutting-edge connectivity and great battery lifetime, with coin-cell-operated or energy-harvesting IoT applications in mind.
As fully programmable devices, Jorjin’s new Sigfox modules exploit the ultra-low power Arm® Cortex®-M0 technology embedded in ST’s BLE SoC with 256KB flash memory to act as independent IoT connectivity nodes. The combination of BLE with Sigfox’s 0G network provides new functions to IoT systems, such as firmware updates over-the-air, which was not possible with conventional ‘Sigfox-only’ modules.
Other benefits of having an IoT device connected both remotely through the Sigfox network and locally through BLE, include the possibility to modify device settings during installation or maintenance, or to trace assets, which often change positions inside an area covered with BLE beacon stations.
“As long-term partners of Sigfox and STMicroelectronics in the IOT market, it’s exciting to achieve global roaming capabilities for our modules with the Monarch version, so as to catch the booming logistics tracking market. We definitely believe the Sigfox Monarch solution will play an important role in the worldwide logistics business.” said Tom Liang, Chairman at Jorjin Technologies Inc.
“The Jorjin WS2116 module offers easy adoption of ST’s ultra-low-power dual-radio reference solution for applications targeting the fast-growing Asset Tracking market through ubiquitous wireless connectivity to the Global Sigfox Cloud,” said Marco Veneri, Low-Power RF Business Unit Manager, STMicroelectronics. “ST’s ultra-low power RF and sensors portfolio pave the way toward new seamlessly connected Sensor-to-Cloud scenarios enabling amazing applications, new business cases and service models. The new era has come: sensors cut the wire!”
“Jorjin’s Monarch module is a market accelerator for Sigfox ecosystem partners and customers. It provides the Sigfox unique, global, inter-continental and seamless 0G connectivity required by many IoT applications such as supply chain and logistic for many markets as automotive, postal or chemistry. The Jorjin’s Monarch module also facilitates the deployment of global products, with a single electronic design for all markets and regions, supporting the promise of the 0G revolution” said Raouti Chehih, Chief Adoption Officer at Sigfox.
The evaluation board for the WS211x module uses the Arduino interface to provide convenience for customer development, and is compatible with ST’s Arduino shield boards featuring MEMS motion sensors, environmental sensors, and Time-of-Flight (ToF) ranging sensors. An SDK is available from Jorjin that enables customers to develop applications using WS211x modules with ST’s sensor shield boards, as well as an AT command list that assists customers in testing the modules’ BLE and Sigfox functions.
With the Arduino interface and Jorjin’s technical support for both hardware and software, much time may be saved for Sigfox Operators and clients worldwide with the global multimodal IoT solutions provided, where as always said, time is money.