Price: $119 USD – includes VHF antenna

The Swarm Tile satellite data modem transmits and receives data to and from Swarm’s space network and is designed to be embedded into a third-party product.

The Swarm Tile is a module suitable for a variety of low-bandwidth use cases: from connecting people and tracking vehicles, ships, or packages to relaying sensor data for agriculture, energy, and industrial IoT applications.

Swarm backend systems support the delivery of customer data via a REST API to the cloud service of each user’s choice, and the Swarm Tile uses AES 256 encryption for added security.

Specifications

Satellite dataMaximum latency will be <1 min (95% of the time)
Dimensions58.7 x 27.4 x 6.0 mm
Mass14g
ComponentsGPS and VHF radio with integrated T/R switch (U.FL/SMD interface)
Indicator LEDs
3.3V serial interface (UART)
3.3V GPIO
SensorsOnboard GPS (lat/lon/alt)
1 pulse per second signal
Temperature sensor
PowerSleep mode: 3.3V, 22 µA
Receive mode: 3.3V, average 30mA (peak 35mA)
Transmitter on: average 888mA (peak 1A)
ProtocolModified NMEA two-letter command set
Bit rate1 kbps
Maximum packet size is 192 bytes

FAQs

Q: How do I communicate with the Swarm Tile?
A: The Swarm Tile communicates via a standard 3.3V CMOS serial UART interface or a PC interface with a USB-to-serial converter.

Q: How do I transmit data using the Swarm Tile?
A: When powered on, the Swarm Tile will identify a signal from any of the  Swarm satellites overhead, and automatically transmit queued user data.

Q: How do I integrate the Swarm Tile into my product?
A: The Swarm Tile itself is an SMT form factor, and is designed to be reflow soldered onto a host PCB. The Swarm Tile can also be mounted onto a host board or pogo pins for quick install/removal.

Q: What antenna does the Swarm Tile come with?
A: Each Swarm Tile purchase includes a Swarm VHF antenna (22cm coiled ¼-wave with SMA-male connector) that is pre-tuned to our frequencies.

Q: Does the Swarm antenna require a ground plane?
A: For most applications, we recommend that the user supplies a 1/4λ (~20cm) ground plane or 50cm long counterpoise wire to maximize transmission success with Swarm VHF antenna.

Q: Does the Tile have any additional capabilities?
A: Yes! The Tile has onboard GPS, temperature sensors, GPIO control, and several user commands. See the Swarm Tile Product Manual for more in-depth information.

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