Nordic Thingy:91Cellular 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 Nordic Thingy:91 to the cloud, you need an IoT enabled SIM card that can connect to available networks in your region. The iBasis card included in the kit has coverage in most regions (download coverage map for more information, updated February 8th, 2021). Remember whether your network supports LTE-M or NB-IoT and power saving modes (eDRX or PSM).

If iBasis does not have coverage in your region, please see our cellular connectivity partners page, contact your local Regional Sales Manager or local network operator to purchase a local IoT SIM.

If your region does not have eDRX or PSM power saving features support, you will still be able to see sensor data on nRF Cloud, but the GNSS position feature may not work.

More information on regulatory certifications can be found under the Overview tab.

To ensure optimal functionality, please update the nRF9160 SiP modem FW and then the nRF9160 SiP app FW in that order in the video below.

Get started with

your Nordic Thingy:91

Unbox and get your Nordic Thingy:91 up and running

Get started with development

To get started, please follow the Getting started with Thingy:91 guide.

To develop applications for the Thingy:91, you will use the nRF Connect SDK, which contains a variety of compatible libraries and samples. We also have a dedicated guide for development on Thingy:91, see Developing with Thingy:91.

For more information on the Thingy:91 hardware development platform, see the Thingy:91 Hardware Description. If you have further questions, check out the Thingy:91 FAQ on DevZone.

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