u-blox has revealed that SARA-R5 LTE-M and NB-IoT cellular series is in production and LTE-M certified with several North American Tier 1 operators.
The SARA-R5 series is the first product family based on the UBX-R5, u-blox’s own low power wide area (LPWA) chipset, to achieve North American operator certification.
“We are thrilled to see our SARA-R5 with our own LPWA chipset now LTE-M certified in the US and entering production,” said Samuele Falcomer, Senior Product Manager, Product Center Cellular, u-blox. “The SARA-R5 series is unique for the level of security it brings with a root of trust embedded in a hardware-based Secure Element and a key management system (KMS) that is highly optimized for low bandwidth LPWA applications.”
The UBX-R5 chipset had already achieved MNO certification earlier this year and was also the first IoT chipset to be certified by Global Certification Forum (GCF).
The SARA-R5 series is aimed at LPWA IoT applications, such as industrial automation, sensor applications, connected health, metering, asset and vehicle tracking, as well as telematics. Secure by design, the series offers robust cloud connectivity.
Each module offers built-in Secure Cloud functionality with a unique and immutable identity derived from a hardware-based robust root of trust – hosted inside a Secure Element – that forms the basis for a trusted set of advanced security features including the management of encryption keys.
Available as u-blox IoT Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), this functionality solves the longevity and safety imperatives of IoT devices for sensitive or confidential applications.
By bringing all the technology building blocks in house and having full hardware and software ownership with its SARA-R5, u-blox can guarantee long-term device availability and provide lifetime support of the entire platform, down to the chipset level.
The fact that the SARA-R5 is 5G-ready also means that customers will be able to a software upgrade their deployed devices once 5G LTE has been rolled out by mobile operators, greatly improving end-product scalability and lifetime.