This is a very exciting moment for Pycom!
Whilst we could have limited our development to our core developer boards and OEM modules, it has become apparent that many of our customers still struggle to get products to market in short periods of time. In fact, a quick analysis shows that typical development cycles for IoT companies are still 18 months+. Even after the number of tests, industry and network certifications carried out by Pycom, some of you still end up with a lengthy development journeys. This is the reason for bringing the PyGo modules to life!
In addition, many of you have approached us for help taking your concept idea to a production ready product and as we know, IoT deployment does not start with 100k unit volume. When facing many of the ramp-up charges for a volume of 100 to 1k units, the setup costs can often kill a project. Even when you have the funding for 1k units, the certification costs and delay are then looming at the end of the project. We therefore wanted to create a product which would help avoid such costs. A product which was fit for purpose and scalable from POC stage to early deployment. Meet the PyGo!
There are 2 versions: PyGo1 (LoPy4 in disguise) and PyGo2 (FiPy-like) both of which are IP67 rated, and feature
- a 420 mAh LiPo battery
- wireless charging circuitry (Qualcomm AirFuel)
- a neat OLED,
- An accelerometer (which could be upgraded to an IMU)
- a GPS module.
In fact we have crammed so much in, that the antennas will be integrated not only in the module sides but also into the battery side. We will also expose tiny pins to use the clips as further antennas. These pins will then connect the PyGos to the new Enterprise cradle which allows you to run 2 external antennas via u.fl connectors (LoRa/Sigfox and LTE-M).
The Enterprise cradle (see photo) will also act as a wireless charging base (powered by your PCB).
You can continue the same development tools you are enjoying right now as transferring the code will be done OTA (so no wires required). The Enterprise cradle will allow for a total of 8 universal inputs/outputs with digital/analogue capabilities so that you can connect different types of sensors and actuators from your own PCBs. Inside this cradle will be an ESP32 chip using BLE connectivity to the PyGo modules to transmit wirelessly your data.
In terms of connectivity options, the modules will support BLE, WiFi, LoRa (Sigfox as the chip allows for this) and, in the case of PyGo2 modules, LTE-M. We have teamed up with both Verizon and Vodafone to offer you CAT M1 (North America) and NB-IOT (Globally). The SIMs will be embedded and you can cancel after 6 months. We are engaged with other operators and will have further news shortly. Obviously, the modules will have mesh technology (LoRa) thus enabling thread based LoRa connectivity amongst deployed modules. Range depends on location etc but expect distances of between 2Km to 12Km.
Lots to convey to our community and hopefully, the spirit behind the campaign becomes clearer.
Looking forward to having you back this project.
Fred and the Pycom Team