Nordic Thingy:91 Cellular IoT prototyping platform

Multi-sensor cellular IoT prototyping platform

The Nordic Thingy:91 is an easy-to-use battery-operated prototyping platform for cellular IoT using LTE-M, NB-IoT and GNSS. It is ideal for creating Proof-of-Concept (PoC), demos and initial prototypes in your cellular IoT development phase.

Thingy:91 is built around the nRF9160 SiP and is certified for a broad range of LTE bands globally, meaning the Nordic Thingy:91 can be used just about anywhere in the world. The cellular communication can be interleaved elegantly with GNSS positioning acquisition making it perfect for sophisticated asset-tracking product ideas. The kit comes preloaded with a sophisticated asset tracking application.

The kit is packed with a multitude of sensors for motion, impact, air quality and much more. The nRF Connect SDK supports Thingy:91 and there are examples for all sensors and connectivity functionality.

There is an nRF52840 multiprotocol SoC on the Thingy:91. This offers the option of adding Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity to your project ideas.

The Nordic Thingy:91 comes complete with a global use SIM card from iBasis that has a free 10 MB data plan to get you up and running immediately. The Thingy:91 and SIM can be provisioned and monitored using nRF Cloud which is Nordic Semiconductor’s cloud demonstration, evaluation and test platform.

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Key features
  • Supports LTE-M, NB-IoT and GNSS
  • Supports Bluetooth LE and NFC
  • User-programmable button and RGB LEDs
  • Environmental sensor for temperature, humidity, air quality and air pressure
  • Color and light sensor
  • High-g and low-power accelerometers
  • Bundled with a eSIM card from iBasis preloaded with 10 MB 
  • Rechargeable Li-Po battery with:
  • 1400 mAh capacity for Nordic Thingy:91 v1.0.0
  • 1350 mAh capacity for Nordic Thingy:91 v1.4.0 and later

Cellular Connectivity

To connect the Thingy:91 to nRF Cloud, you need an IoT-enabled SIM card that can connect to either LTE-M or NB-IoT networks in your region. The iBasis card included in the kit has coverage in most regions (download the coverage map for more information).

If the iBasis SIM does not have coverage in your region, please see our cellular connectivity partner page for alternatives, and contact your local Regional Sales Manager or your local network operator to purchase a local IoT-enabled SIM.

Getting started

with Thingy:91

Cellular IoT Fundamentals course

Follow Exercise 1 in the Cellular IoT Fundamentals course for the best getting started experience.

If you want to use the nRF9160 SiP as an LTE modem only to evaluate using  AT commands , you can flash the Serial LTE Modem application from Cellular Monitor as shown in Exercise 1 by selecting the Serial LTE Modem option (see below figure).

graphical user interface, application, Word

We recommend following the other exercises to learn how to develop on nRF9160.

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