Digital security technologies provider Gemalto has introduced a rapid prototyping tool that it said will speed and simplify the creation of IoT proof-of-concepts. Built on the Arduino design environment, the Cinterion Connect Shield development board features a modem chipset optimised for low-power IoT devices, according to the company.

The prototyping tool currently works with Gemalto's LTE Cat. 1 wireless connectivity technology, using the Arduino board format and programming language. Its future roadmap includes the migration to the latest Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) standard in the second quarter of 2017.

NB-IoT adoption will facilitate a host of new IoT and M2M applications, including sensing and monitoring initiatives for the smart city and smart agriculture, and intelligent metering in the utilities sector, according to Gemalto.

The Cinterion(R) Connect Shield will be soon available for purchase on Gemalto webstore.