The technological backbone that powers the UMBRELLA network. Provides an IoT access point that can house a variety of radios and sensors in stylish, interchangeable modules based on your needs.

Computing Power

All nodes are powered by a Raspberry Pi 3+.
Edge capable nodes are powered further by a Jetson Nano.


  • Nordic Semiconductor nRF52840 with Power Amplifier – capable of both BLE and 802.15.4 using Contiki-NG
  • Texas Instruments CC1310 – 868MHz long-range radio supported by Contiki-NG
  • HopeRF RFM95W LoRa transceiver
  • RAKwireless RAK2247 LoRaWAN gateway (on selected nodes)
  • GPS receiver for time synchronisation
  • Wi-Fi radio for backbone connectivity
  • 4G cellular dongle for backup connectivity


Air Quality – VOC Index, Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality Index.
Multi-gas – RED, OX, NH3.
Particulate – PM2.5, PM10.
OX – Oxidising gas for ozone and nitrogen dioxide.
Noise – for measuring ambient noise levels.


Sky-facing camera – for use with street light monitoring use case
Uses Kubernetes

See our Wiki for full technical specifications

Equipment is housed in 3 large and 3 small diamond shaped plastic modules.

For new projects, different hardware can be plugged in to the modules using USB 2.0.

UMBRELLA nodes can be mounted on posts or walls in many settings, whether it is roadside on lamp posts, on a factory wall, or in a shopping venue.

Bring your ideas to life

If you have an idea for a potential application of the UMBRELLA node, get in touch now to make it a reality!
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