Pi 3 + Fona Tutorial

Access Initial State services through a Raspberry Pi 3 and Fona Cellular GSM and GPS breakout board

Image of Initial State's Pi 3 + Fona TutorialThis step-by-step tutorial by Initial State instructs on how to set up a serial connection between the Fona and the Pi 3, teaches how to use the Fona's cellular connection to give the Pi internet access, shows how to access the Fona's built-in GPS, and instructs how to setup the Pi 3 to collect GPS info and then stream it over a cellular connection.

Step-By-Step Tutorial

Requirements for the final project:
  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • SD card loaded with Raspbian Jessie
  • Adafruit FONA 808 - Mini Cellular GSM + GPS Breakout
  • Passive GPS antenna
  • GSM antenna
  • Lipoly battery
  • SIM card (2 G)
  • Portable battery charger
  • Female-female tie lines
  • Micro USB to USB cable
Requirements for transferring code and debugging:
  • Bluetooth keyboard/mouse
  • Screen or display
  • WiFi dongle
  • USB hub

Initial State Software

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionTypeLicense LengthLicense - User DetailsAvailable QuantityView Details
STD 1 YEAR SERVICE SUBSCRIPTION21-10008STD 1 YEAR SERVICE SUBSCRIPTIONLicense1 YearUnlimited Connections193 - Immediate
21-10008 product page link

Pi 3 Fona Tutorial

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16GB SD CARD NOOBS SOFTWARERASPBERRY PI NOOBS 16GB16GB SD CARD NOOBS SOFTWARE1384 - Immediate
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2542 datasheet linkBREAKOUT BOARD GSM/GPS FONA 8082542BREAKOUT BOARD GSM/GPS FONA 808218 - Immediate
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PRT-10217 datasheet linkLIPO CHARGER BASIC - MICRO-USBPRT-10217LIPO CHARGER BASIC - MICRO-USB205 - Immediate
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AK67421-0.3-VM datasheet linkCABLE USB-A TO MICRO USB-B 0.3MAK67421-0.3-VMCABLE USB-A TO MICRO USB-B 0.3M0AK67421-0.3-VM product page link
GND2FFNSTAER001-X001 datasheet linkGSM/2G/3G SIM+PLT MINI 2FF 1PKGND2FFNSTAER001-X001GSM/2G/3G SIM+PLT MINI 2FF 1PK0GND2FFNSTAER001-X001 product page link
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Published: 2017-05-18