A new nRF9160 Dev-Board well-suited for blockchain applications

I wanted to show you this new dev-board that is based on the nRF9160 chip and includes an impressive set of onboard sensors:

- External GPS,

- Temperature / Humidity / Pressure + Air Quality

- 6-axis accelerometer + gyroscope

- Ambient light sensor

While you can use it as any nRF9160 based boards, the default firmware basically reads all sensors data, cryptographically signs the data using integrated crypto-hardware available by ARM TrustZone, and eventually sends the signed data out through MQTT for use in super-secure IoT applications where you want to make sure of the source device and data integrity.

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