Arduino, cellular links, JavaME and cloud: the four key ingredients of your IoTMaker project’s Cinterion Concept board

Last updated: 05 November 2014

Last week we kicked off our Gemalto #IoTMaker Challenge and we have already had some fantastic entries from people such as @guichabas @yarasenger and @randyspeiss . For those of you who don’t know, the two winning entries may well have the help of Gemalto’s Cinterion Concept Board in their development, so it’s worth having a basic understanding of what the board is actually capable of.

There are the factors which make it the perfect partner for Java developers and M2M fans to get started with their IoT projects:

  1.  Arduino-styled connector – the open source electronics platform gives the concept board its senses, allowing it to ‘feel’ the environment and measure and react to everything from motion to temperature, distance, range, objects, cameras, voltage and acceleration. Starting at just a few dollars, Arduino sensors are often at the edges of any developers’ IoTMaker project.
  2. Cellular connectivity – The onboard EHS6 module plus SIM-card holder provides cellular connectivity for your IoTMaker projects at low power and with local processing, accelerating the speed with which IoT projects can feed data into the next link in the chain, be that by processing local inputs to send an action instruction.
  3. Cloud ready – Coupled with our M2M Cloud Platform (SensorLogic), the concept board is ready to connect to any device over any network, combine real-time sensor data, and draw on other enterprise data sources prior to delivering an output.
  4. Java-powered – The concept board is running JavaME embedded, making coding for it a straightforward experience for a global community of Java Developers.


For a video with more details on the board, check this out: 

The concept board simplifies solution design by allowing the vast community of Java developers to transform original ideas into prototypes in just hours compared to days or weeks with traditional approaches. You can see more here.

As you’ll know if you’re a long-time reader, found this via the IoTMaker launch page or have been following our M2M Fact or Fiction quiz, our team has used the concept board to manage the lifecycle of our office plant, Horst. The Java application draws on sensor data to monitor its soil humidity, temperature and air humidity levels, among other key variables. The app can even raise an alarm if Horst is in trouble and can tweet his irrigation status!Horst M2M plant

Hopefully this should give you some inspiration for your own entry. For a reminder on how to enter, please visit the competition landing page, or just tweet @Gemalto #IoTmaker with your idea ahead of the entry deadline, now extended to 30th November.

You can check out some of the ideas being discussed online here