Hologram Releases Open Source Modem for Cellular IoT

Hologram announced the release of Nova, an open source modem for cellular IoT connectivity. The Nova toolkit includes the 4G LTE Cat-M ready Nova USB modem, an SDK for edge computing, and access to Hologram’s industry leading global cellular network.

Hologram’s powerful combination of software, open hardware and connectivity gives enterprises the power to easily integrate cellular connectivity into new products and services.

“We built the Nova as way for developers and enterprises alike to unlock the power of cellular connectivity for IoT.” says Ben Forgan, CEO of Hologram. “While most companies provide either hardware, software, or connectivity, the Hologram Nova provides all three in an easy-to-use yet industrial grade package. The Nova demonstrates our commitment to breaking down IoT connectivity barriers. It’s part of our mission to bring Internet Everywhere”.

The software behind Nova is compatible with most single board computers, including Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone and more. The Nova comes in 2G/3G and 4G LTE Cat-M variants. This open source design leverages Hologram’s global software defined cellular network to provide connectivity on over 600 carriers in over 200 countries. The core component is the industrial grade u-blox SARA, enabling wide range of IoT applications, from automotive to aviation. Nova ships with FCC, PTCRB, CE, AT&T, and Verizon certifications.

“New technologies like LTE Cat-M are driving huge growth in cellular IoT. Data and hardware costs are falling, and as we move towards a world with 5G we believe cellular will continue to outpace WiFi as the primary channel for secure IoT connectivity,” says Ben Forgan.

The global cellular IoT market is expected to reach USD 9.65 billion by 2025, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc, and the ability for IoT devices to securely connect, disconnect, send data, receive data, and triangulate location based on cell tower distance, is becoming increasingly valuable.

“We are always excited to see new options for connectivity in the space. The more tools that can be shared, the more the community can bring interesting projects and products to market,” Matt Richardson, Executive Director of North America for the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

In addition to open sourcing the Nova, Hologram also announces the new, open source version of Dash, their original Kickstarter product from 2014. The new global Dash features extreme deep sleep and power optimization modes, making it ideal for remote deployments and industrial sensing applications.

The Hologram Nova is available online at the Hologram Store, launching first with the Nova Global 3G/2G (U201) and the Nova LTE Cat-M1 (U404) available for engineering samples before the end of the year.

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