Why EBV-IoT SmartCTherm?
SmartCTherm is a smart IoT sensor node solution that can monitor indoor climate conditions, including temperature, humidity, indoor air quality, and the presence of Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), and send the collected data to the Cloud. It is designed around the following three key points:
Everywhere: One of its key features is its ability to connect to the Cloud - from everywhere. This is possible thanks to the Monarch GM01Q, an all-in-one, single-mode LTE-M and NB-IoT modem with worldwide deployment and roaming capability..
Bring value: By utilizing the advanced RA6M3 MCU from the highly-acclaimed Renesas' RA family optimized for IoT applications, SmartCTherm is well capable of processing the raw data on its own. With enough horsepower to perform the most demanding tasks, this Arm® Cortex®-M4 based MCU platform can be used not only to collect raw data, but also to perform different kinds of complex data analysis.
Visualize: Humans, as mostly visual beings, process visual data representation much more efficiently. For this reason, appealing GUIs become more and more in demand. Combining a sizeable capacitive-touch display and the powerful RA6M3 MCU, SmartCTherm delivers a very crisp and fluid visual experience for the best user experience.
SmartCTherm IoT is also a project that includes a full suite of services such as technical support, on-demand workshop and demonstration, training, and partnership. It is a full-fledged IoT solution, aimed at the broadest range of IoT designers and developers. Feel free to contact our Smart Sensing & Connectivity experts for further support.
Smart Connected Thermostat – The bundle
The hardware architecture of the SmartCTherm IoT sensor node is a two-part solution. It is comprised of the following components:
- EBV-IoT Sequans GM01Q Connectivity Shield, based on the Sequans GM01Q
- EK-RA6M3G evaluation and development kit from Renesas
EBV-IoT Sequans GM01Q Connectivity Shield
EBV-IoT Sequans GM01Q Connectivity Shield features the Sequans Monarch GM01Q LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWA module with worldwide deployment and roaming capability, based on their highly-acclaimed Monarch LTE platform. In addition to the GM01Q module, the shield also incorporates two environmental sensors from Renesas: the HS3001 digital relative humidity (RH) & temperature sensor, and the ZMOD4410 Metal Oxide (MOX)-based gas sensor for indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring and total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) detection. The EBV-IoT connectivity shield comes equipped with the ATECC608A Secure Element (SE) from Microchip, offering a robust and resilient hardware basis for implementing top-tier security features.
EBV-IoT Sequans GM01Q Connectivity Shield offers a broad range of wired connectivity options, including a Micro USB port, PMOD extension connector, and SEEED connector with additional I2C lines (to name a few). Standard Arduino UNO (stackable) headers provide easy connectivity to a wide range of development and evaluation kits based on this widely accepted standard.
- Based on Sequans Monarch GM01Q LTE modem
- Supports LTE Cat M and NB-IoT technologies
- Provides seamless connectivity experience
- Equipped with basic environmental sensors
The EK-RA6M3G evaluation kit features the RA6M3 advanced microcontroller (MCU), based on a 32-bit Arm® Cortex®-M4 core, running up to 120 MHz. The RA6 family is optimized for next-generation IoT applications, and it is supported by Renesas' highly-acclaimed e2 Studio IDE, Flexible Software Package (FSP) running on FreeRTOS®, and a comprehensive RA Partner ecosystem, providing a broad range of ready-made building blocks that work seamlessly across the entire RA family. The RA MCUs family delivers unparalleled ease of use and flexibility while reducing time to market.
The EK-RA6M3G evaluation kit also features an Arduino UNO pinout-compatible extension (among many other connectivity options), allowing seamless integration with the EBV-IoT connectivity shield. On top of that, each pin of the MCU is accessible via standard 2.54 mm (1 inch) double-row connectors, allowing peripherals such as the TFT screen with the capacitive touch panel to be integrated very easily.
- Based on Arm® Cortex®-M4 core
- An extensive set of examples
- A long list of peripherals
- e2 Studio - Eclipse-based toolchain
- AppWizard - Seamless GUI design experience
Hardware system overview
Renesas EK-RA6M3 + EBV-IoT Sequans GM01Q connectivity shield
Introducing 32-bit Renesas RA Family
High performance, high security, broad connectivity an wide line-up
HS300x – Digital Relative Humidity & Temperature Sensors
- Silicon carbide structure
- ±1.5%RH, ±0.2°C accuracy (HS3001)
- ±3.8%RH, ±0.3°C accuracy (HS3004)
- Fast RH response time (Typ. 6 seconds)
- 0.1%RH/Yr drift
- 14-bit resolution: 0.01%RH (Typ.)
- Low power consumption: 1.0µA average
- Digital/Analog output
- Extended supply voltage: 1.8V to 5.5V
- 3.0 × 2.41 × 0.8 mm LGA
- Product family approach for varied accuracy levels
- Integrated temperature and humidity sensing solution
- Small form factor solution with lower system cost
- Low power consumption saves battery
- 14-bit high resolution provides extremely tight accuracy
- Insensitive to environmental contaminants like dirt and dust
- Small size solution saves space & BOM for compact designs
- On board calibration reduces time to market
- Wide supply voltage range eliminates the need for LDO/DC-DC
- White goods
- Weather stations & Dew point temperature
- HVAC and air control systems
- Portable and battery operated
ZMOD4410 – Metal Oxide Gas Sensor for TVOC Detection
Sequans Monarch-based GM01Q – LTE Cat M1
Single-mode LTE Category M1/NB1 IoT Connectivity Solution for Worldwide Use
GM01Q main features
- 3GPP Release 13 & 14
- UE Cat M1
- World-wide band support in a Single SKU™ design
- Lowest power consumption with 1μA PSM
- eco-Paging™ for optimized eDRX
- Power class options 20 and 23dBm
- IoT-Select™ optimized network selection LTE-M/NB-IoT
- VoLTE support
- On-modem location based services
The RA6M3 MCU is a mid-high tier of Renesas MCUs optimized for IoT applications. It features a large amount of memory, high performances, a rich set of peripherals, and more. However, its main advantage is enabling a very advanced, yet easy to use development ecosystem from Renesas.
The Renesas RA family of MCUs is supported by the Flexible Software Package (FSP) that provides a suite of production-ready peripheral libraries, drivers, and software stacks (Ethernet, USB, file system), allowing to take the full advantage of the RA Partner Ecosystem. RA Partner Ecosystem incorporates more than 50 different suppliers, delivering ready-made software and hardware building blocks that work seamlessly across the entire RA Family of MCUs. This powerful suite of tools provides a comprehensive, integrated framework for the rapid development of complex embedded applications.
AppWizard is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) creation tool from SEGGER. It utilizes Renesas' FSP and its support for SEGGER's graphical libraries (emWin) to provide a seamless GUI development experience. It is a graphical point-and-click environment that allows creating all the GUI elements very quickly and intuitively. All the parameters can be fully customized, including screen resolution, color depth, and various other parameters. The preview function is also available, allowing designers to test GUI before uploading the code to the actual hardware. The AppWizard seamlessly integrates with the powerful Renesas Synergy e2 studio Integrated Solution Development Environment (ISDE), complementing it with a versatile GUI creation tool.
The software architecture on the SmartCTherm IoT is quite straightforward. There are several threads running in parallel under AWS FreeRTOS®, providing quick and responsive interface. The diagram below clearly illustrates the generic software architecture that is very easy to build using ready-made solutions provided by Renesas:
Generic SW architecture
Flexible Software Package - FSP
Supported by full arm ecosystem
- Value Proposition
- High performance/highly efficient drivers
- Middleware to ease implementation of communications & security, CMSIS RTOS compliant
- Open software ecosystem, Flexible use of legacy code
- Collaboration with Third Parties
The SmartCTherm relies on using MQTT messaging protocol designed for lightweight M2M communications, which runs on top of the TCP (or UDP) layer. The MQTT is a pub/sub-based protocol and can use TLS security and user/password protection to control access to resources. The MQTT (and the MQTTS, its more secure variant) are widely accepted protocols by many Cloud service providers. Currently the SmartCTherm IoT node is preconfigured to connect to the Cayenne Cloud service. However, with minor tweaking of the connection parameters, it can connect to virtually any MQTT-enabled cloud, including very advanced Cloud platforms such as MS Azure, AWS, or - Avnet IoTConnect.
Avnet IoTConnect is an enterprise-ready IoT platform which allows to build, deploy, and manage connected assets more efficiently and intuitively than ever before. Find out more about the Avnet IoTConnect on this LINK
Avnet IoTConnect – Simplify with one enterprise platform
Provide your teams one platform for collaborative development to accelerate deployment of ready-made solutions that can be customized to solve your business challenge.
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EBV IoT – SmartCTherm solution, powered by Renesas RA MCU & Sequans GM01Q cellular modem
IoT applications require multiple technologies to be run in parallel like a concert with multiple instruments. In the SmartCTherm solution, we will present a concert of Renesas RA MCU, Renesas environmental sensors, Sequans GM01Q modem providing cellular IoT connectivity, security and nice user experience over a graphical user interface with capacitive touch.
IDT HS300x family of humidity sensors with leading accuracy
The IDT® HS300x family of relative humidity sensors feature a ±1.5% RH accuracy and six-second response time enabling customers to improve overall system performance and feedback control.