Last updated on: November 26, 2020

Icarus Bee (nRF9160)

Icarus Bee (nRF9160)
Icarus Bee (nRF9160)

Replace your legacy LoRa or 2G/3G Bee module with cutting edge Low Power Cellular IoT connectivity, with minimal effort! The Icarus Bee includes global LTE-M & NB-IoT connectivity, GPS, Accelerometer, RGB, a Button, an on-board 64Mbit Flash as well as an eSIM for connectivity out of the box, all in just 32.5x28 mm. You can even connect your own nano SIM thanks to the dual-SIM selection circuit!

What's in the box

Your board comes pre-programmed with the following:

  1. The latest (at the time of production) modem firmware from Nordic. (if you want to update your modem please check out this guide).

  2. The MCUboot bootloader, so that you have the option to upload firmware by using just the USB and the Actinius Programmer Application.

  3. The Serial LTE Modem Application Firmware from Nordic.

  4. Certificates for making it possible to enroll to our online IoT Platform Actinius I/O (sign up at

If you erase any of the above, you can revert to the original firmware using the Actinius Programmer Utility.

Getting started

  • Register for an account at Actinius I/O where you can manage your device and eSIM

  • You can use the Actinius Programmer application to upload ready-to-use, pre-built firmware applications and samples, as described in the page Uploading your firmware

  • If you would like to develop custom firmware, follow the installation page for getting the toolchain(s) of your choice installed on your computer