M2M GNSS/GPS, 3G/4G/5G & CANbus Cape

A feature-rich open source embedded system to drive your most ambitious IoT & Connected Vehicle Projects

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This plug-in Cape connects with SanCloud’s BeagleBone® Enhanced Industrial Single Board Computer (SBC) to form an extremely versatile open source development platform or embedded system for all kinds of connected vehicle and remote diagnostics applications.

Key Features

Extending the functionality of the SanCloud BeagleBone® Enhanced to provide a feature-rich SBC platform with Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), Yocto & Buildroot support.

Single or Dual CANbus interface 

Supporting speeds of up to 1Mb per second for communication between the vehicle’s many ECUs, sensors and actuators

GNSS Module

Choice of GNNS receiver modules for GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou & QZSS satellite systems via Mini PCIe USB interface

Cellular module 

Choice of GPRS, 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G Modules via Mini PCIe USB interface enabling greater geographical coverage

Ignition & Accessory Input

Providing signal for relevant alert, event and journey reporting

Onboard Real Time Clock (RTC) 

With super-capacitor, for low power accurate time keeping

Vehicle interface

DEUTSCH 12-pin DTM06-12SA connector supports ease of installation

IP67 Protection

Waterproof and dustproof enclosure housing both Cape and BeagleBone® Enhanced Industrial

UL-94 Rated 

20mm Flame Test of Enclosure as per Standard UL-94 Flammability Testing of Plastic Materials

 10 – 60V DC

Wide input supply voltage range for a variety of vehicle, plant and machinery applications

BeagleBone® Enhanced Features

Most features available from the BeagleBone® Enhanced Industrial SBC upon which the Cape connects


Compatible with special order BeagleBone® Enhanced Industrial SBCs and other variants (subject to application)


Supports the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Unified Code Base (UCB) as the “Automotive Cape”. Buildroot and Yocto support

Automotive Grade Linux Unified Code Base Support

Often known as the ‘Automotive Cape’ by our vehicle manufacturer and auto supply chain customers, the SanCloud BeagleBone® Enhanced and M2M Cape combination powers many Infotainment, Instrument Cluster and Telematics innovations.

The Cape uses open source software from the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) Unified Code Base (UCB) platform. The AGL UCB is a Linux distribution built from the ground up through a joint effort by automakers and suppliers to deliver a modern in-vehicle infotainment and connected car experience for consumers. The goal of the UCB infotainment platform is to provide 70-80% of the starting point for a production project. This enables automakers and suppliers to focus their resources on customising the other 20-30% to meet their unique product needs.

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“The Automotive Cape”

BeagleBone® Cape Design

Capes are simply daughter boards for a BeagleBone® which connect via its 2 x 46 expansion ports.  The BeagleBone® ‘wears’  the Cape which, like SanCloud’s own Capes, have a cut-out around the BeagleBone’s Ethernet connector that gives it a cape-like shape.

The V4 cape features a Deutsch DTM06-12SA connector offering reliability and ease of installation

Choose the GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou) and Cellular Module that is right for your geographical region and application

BeagleBone M2M Cape & BeagleBone Industrial in IP67 Enclosure

SanCloud BeagleBone® Enhanced Industrial mounted upon the M2M Cape V4 housed within an IP67 waterproof, dustproof and UL-94 flame resistant enclosure

Cape Applications

  • Vehicle Infotainment System Development
  • Vehicle Instrument Cluster Development
  • Driver Behaviour Monitoring and First Notification of Loss (FNOL) systems via CANbus data or in-built accelerometer/gyroscope and camera inputs
  • Remote Vehicle Diagnostics & Preventative Maintenance
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Monitoring Systems
  • Remote Plant & Machinery Diagnostics & Preventative Maintenance
  • Advanced Telematics & GPS Tracking
  • Remote Energy Management
  • Black box CAN bridge to filter/modify/inject CAN traffic

BeagleBone® & Cape Hardware & Software Customisation

Consistent with all SanCloud products, we can customise both the SanCloud BeagleBone® Enhanced and our plug-in Capes to suit specific applications. For example, we can manufacture with different GNSS, cellular, CANbus or Modbus modules.

How to Order

As the Cape offers multiple module options and is supplied with a modified SanCloud BeagleBone® Enhanced Industrial, the Cape is only available by special order. The package prices start from $215.19 / £170.85 / €195.59. To check out the variants available, visit our Online Store.