How-To: Asset Tracking on Sigfox in Minutes with ST Function Pack

The version 2.0 of the  FP-ATR-SIGFOX1  Function Pack, recently available for download, brings the ability to use a Bluetooth Low Energy peer-to-peer connection to configure some of the behaviours of STMicroelectronics Sigfox stack (X-CUBE-SFXS2LP1) and S2-LP sub-gigahertz module. ST is also releasing a mobile application, ST Asset Tracking, for Android – an iOS version is on the way – so developers can quickly start testing this new feature with a smartphone before they work on their software. Additionally, a brand new web Dashboard facilitates the registration and management of devices. As a result, beyond offering libraries and tools to more easily create feature-rich applications, ST is also providing graphical user interfaces and web utilities to more immediately see what our solutions can do.

All it takes is a NUCLEO-L053R8 or NUCLEO-L476RG to serve as a base, the X-NUCLEO-IKS01A2 sensor board as well as the X-NUCLEO-S2868A1 that integrates an S2-LP, and the X-NUCLEO-IDB05A1 Bluetooth module. The S2-LP is an ultra-low-power RF transceiver that can last up to 10 years on a single battery while the Bluetooth board uses a BlueNRG-MS single-mode Bluetooth 4.2 network processor that’s popular in embedded systems. The Function Pack contains a precompiled binary enabling teams to start tracking assets in minutes. Systems increasingly use the Sigfox network to connect non-powered assets to the cloud. ST thus decided to offer the FP-ATR-SIGFOX1 Function Pack last November to facilitate the development of asset tracking (ATR) applications on the Sigfox network and we continue to update the software package with new features.

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