If you have been watching AWS re:Invent, you may have seen that SparkFun has teamed up with u-blox and AWS to create a new asset tracking kit that utilizes the SARA-R5 module and provides all you need to connect a device to AWS IoT Core over a cellular LTE-M network. We are happy to present to you, the AWS IoT ExpressLink SARA-R5 Starter Kit! The specialized SARA-R5 module on the board supports the AWS IoT ExpressLink AT command set, which aims to make the app developer’s life easy.
Built around AWS IoT ExpressLink, the Starter Kit offers AWS IoT Core access with a pre-activated SIM card for global use already inserted in the slot. The kit includes a SARA-R5 module mounted on a SparkFun MicroMod Asset Tracker Carrier Board into which a SparkFun MicroMod processor board can be inserted, allowing the module to be used with many different microprocessors. An ESP32 Processor Board is included in the kit allowing to run examples or demo applications.
Individuals who purchase the AWS IoT ExpressLink SARA-R5 Starter Kit are early adopters to the AWS IoT Core. This kit is a limited run with just shy of 200 units available! We do not currently have plans to build more in the near future. So, if you are able to get your hands on the kit, you will be one of the select few to start building with it before anyone else. Our partner, u-blox, will continue to enhance the firmware for this product in the mean time. To support this effort, SparkFun will provide u-blox the contact information for customers who purchase this kit so they may reach out for firmware feedback.
Please keep in mind that this kit is available for pre-order. Orders will be fulfilled in the order they are received. If you are ordering these products alongside “Live/in-stock” products and want to receive these products ASAP, be sure to designate your order for split shipments in checkout. We do expect to start shipping these kits within the next few days, though!