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Particle Electron Carrier Board for IoT

Particle Electron Carrier Board for IoT
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22% Funded
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5 Backers
50 Unit Target
Ended 2 Months Ago

$49.99
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11 reserved of 50 Minimum
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Product Details

Name
Particle Electron Carrier Board for IoT
Brand/Manufacturer
Macrofab
Mfr. Part #
Carrier-Electron-2.1
Product Description

Chip McClelland worked with SimpleSense to develop our alpha presence sensor, based on the Particle Electron. This carrier board extends the Electron's capabilities for rugged, long term use, indoors or outdoors, enabling you to deploy your IoT device where there is no WiFi and/or utility power.

Features:

  • Protection against electrostatic and over voltage events. These devices will be used in unprotected environments.
  • Enhanced reliability since deployment may be in hard-to-get-to places.
  • Local data storage as connectivity is not assured.
  • Flexible power options by either utility or Solar energy

System Diagram
Carrier Electron System Diagram
Board layout

Major components include:

  • Power - The carrier board controls both the external power source as well as the LiPo battery. This enables power to be applied with a simple push button. In addition, the electron can perform a "hard reset" using a pin that will suspend all power for about 100 mSec. Watch these features in action in the circuit simluation video. An added 5V boost power converter enables a 3.3V and a 5V ic2 bus on the carrier.
  • External Watchdog - This device provides an independent way to validate proper operation of the Electron and reset it as needed. As these devices are located remotely, making them as reliable as possible is a must. Each time the watchdog resets the Electron, it increments a counter that can be remotely monitored.
  • FRAM storage - A place to store "state" variables so the Electron can pick up where it left off if reset. It also provides a way to recover data if connectivity is lost.
  • Temperature sensor - This is important as you may want to put over temperature alarms (Electron is only good to 80° C) or low temp which should suspend charging the battery.
  • Protection - All external power and signal lines are protected from power spikes and static discharge. Again, as these devices can be located outdoors, they need protection from the elements.

Software

Chip includes excellent documentation on the Hackster page for Carrier Electron and on Github.

Background

Chip has been building IoT sensors for outdoor use for several years. He developed these requirements after extensive consultation with the Particle community through the Particle Forums.

His main focus has been to help local parks better count and report the cars, bikers, joggers and hikers which use their facilities each day. By giving them an accurate and automatic way to measure park utilization, they can save significant labor costs, get a more complete count and facilitate reporting.

SimpleSense shared similar deploy-anywhere IoT requirements, with robust power management, reliability, and flexible power options for our presence sensors.

Testing

Through his business, See Insights, Chip has tested the carrier board in various outdoor locations, on solar and utility power, over the past 9 months. Testing included outdoors, in parks, in the hot North Carolina summer. SimpleSense has also deployed alpha units in various locations, indoors and outdoors, over the past 3 months.

Board front and back

Why GroupGet?

MOQ of 50 units drops the price significantly. Orders for 1 units are $125/ea.

Purchase Information

Unit Deliverable
Carrier board, female header pins (not soldered)
Unit Price
$49.99
Campaign Part #
GG-P-416
Availability
Not available / campaign unsuccessful, end date: Fri, 03 Aug 2018 17:57:00 -0700
Factory Lead Time

45 days

Shipping Details
GroupGets will handle the shipment of orders for this product.

Options and Add-Ons

Particle Electron 3G Americas/Australia (850/1900 MHz)

$69.00

Includes Particle Electron PCB, Particle SIM Card, Li-Po batteries and GSM antenna.

Particle Electron 3G Europe/Asia/Africa (900/1800 MHz)

$69.00

Includes Particle Electron PCB, Particle SIM Card, Li-Po batteries and GSM antenna.

Particle Electron 2G (Global)

$49.00

Includes Particle Electron PCB, Particle SIM Card, Li-Po batteries and GSM antenna.

Bud Industries IP66 water-tight enclosure

$18.00

  • Includes laser cut platform for PCB mounting
  • Designed to IP66 of IEC 529 and NEMA 1, 2, 4 and 4x specifications
  • Complete with stainless steel wall mounting brackets and hardware
  • Plastic construction including hinge pins
  • Light gray finish
  • External measures 7-55/64" length by 5-57/64" width by 3-59/64" height; internal measures 7-11/16" length by 5-23/32" width by 3-11/16" height

How it works

This is a group buy campaign that needs to acquire at least the stated minimum amount of pledges from backers like you before the Unit Deliverable and any Add-Ons ship. We do not charge anyone until the Progress above hits 100% or greater, otherwise there is no charge. All campaign products are vetted as existing and functional so your order will be fulfilled within the Factory Lead Time if the campaign succeeds. Please see our FAQ page for more details on our billing process.

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