Arduino Edge Control : Remote Monitoring and Control Solution from Arduino Pro
Yet another addition to the Arduino Pro product lineup is the new Arduino Edge Control, a fully integrated board for remote monitoring and control applications of any type. The board is based on the Nina B306 from uBlox which uses Nordic Semiconductor‘s nRF52840 BLE 5 SoC. The design aims at smart edge applications such as smart agriculture, precision farming, and other intelligent control applications.
Arduino Edge Control Specifications
|Microcontroller||nRF52840 (64 MHz Arm® Cortex-M4F)|
|Digital Input||6x edge sensitive wake up pins|
|Digital Output||8x latching relay command outputs with drivers|
8x latching relay command outputs without drivers
|Relays||4x 60V/2.5A galvanically isolated solid state relays|
|Analog Input||4x 4-20mA inputs|
8x 0-5V analog inputs
16x hydrostatic watermark sensor input
|Terminal Block Connectors||6x 18 pin plug in terminal block connectors|
|Power Supply||12 V Acid/lead SLA Battery Supply|
(Recharged via solar panels)
|Power Consumption||Low power (up to 34 months on a 12V/5Ah battery)|
200uA Sleep current
|Memory||1 MB onboard Flash memory|
2 MB onboard QSPI Flash memory
|SD Card||Interface for SD Card connector (through expansion port only)|
* Requires Arduino MKR board
|Peripherals||Full-speed 12 Mbps USB|
Arm CryptoCell CC310 security subsystem
High speed 32 MHz SPI
Quad SPI interface 32 MHz
12-bit 200 ksps ADC
128 bit AES/ECB/CCM/AAR co-processor
|Operational Temperature||-40° C to +85° C (-40° F to 185°F)|
With the two Arduino MKR expansion slots, the Edge Control board can have Wi-Fi, 3G, NB-IoT, Sigfox and LoRaWAN capabilities. The board can be powered through a micro USB or a 12V Lead-Acid battery. The battery can be coupled with a solar charging system to run on its own. Once installed in the field, it can then be managed remotely using Arduino IoT Cloud or other such services making use of the wireless features.
This is useful when you want to install the device in outdoor environments that may be in remote locations. Sensors can be connected to the board for real-time remote monitoring of parameters. This is particularly useful for applications like Smart Agriculture. Weather conditions, soil quality, crop growth are some of the parameters interest in such applications. The data sent to cloud can provide better analytics and support for business processes at various levels.
A getting started tutorial is available on the Arduino Pro website. The Edge Control board costs $199, excluding taxes, at the Arduino store.