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Digi Mass Transit Control System at Embedded World 2013

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Control systems for a bus are simulated in this Digi mass transit demo using Intelligent System Framework-ready hardware from Portwell and Kontron based on the Intel® Atom™ processor and running the Android* OS.

One system displays the driver operator panel, and the second system provides passenger information such as bus stop locations, as well as static and video advertising sponsored by nearby businesses. A camera connected to the driver operator panel also provides a simulated view of the passenger area with recording options for additional passenger and personnel security purposes. The systems share data, such as current bus location, route and arrival information over the iDigi Device Cloud and show the delivery of mass transit passenger-oriented services via Intel mobile phones and tablets.

The Data Sensing Lab: Recap and Visualizations

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Last week, we took part in the Data Sensing Lab at O’Reilly Strata Conference. We even hung out with the Data Sensing Lab team live from Santa Clara where the conference hall had been equipped with XBees and a wireless sensor network.

Here’s where you can find more information and updates from the Sense Lab team: 

Do you have questions about the Data Sensing Lab? Let us know in the comments section below, on Google+ or Twitter.

Inside the Data Sensing Lab Live from O’Reilly Strata Conference

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Update: Recorded Hangout Now Available (below)

Live from O’Reilly’s Strata Conference in Santa Clara discussing the Data Sensing Lab with the team behind the project: Rob Faludi of Digi International, Julie Steel of O’Reilly Media and Alasdair Allan and Kipp Bradford, the authors of the new book, Distributed Network Data.


At O’Reilly’s Strata Conference last year, Digi International took part in instrumenting the entire conference with sensors and a mesh network to show real-time visualizations of the conference environment. We assembled a network of XBees to carry data gathered on the Arduino platform to the Internet via a ConnectPort X2e running the XBee Internet Gateway. The XIG automatically posted data to the iDigi Device Cloud, which pushed it to Amazon Web Services to a team of visualization experts. This year, we’re back at it with more sensors, more visualizations and new features. While this display is certainly interesting for attendees, we want to share the experience with those of you who cannot join us in Santa Clara for the actual event. That’s why we’ll be hosting an inside look, a Google+ Hangout On Air, live from this year’s Data Sensing Lab at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference.

Sensors are the future of distributed data. General-purpose computing is dissipating out into the environment and becoming increasingly invisible and embedded into our lives. We will soon begin to move in a sea of data, our movements tracked and our environments measured and adjusted to our preferences, without need for direct intervention.

Sound interesting? Join us on Wednesday, February 27 for a live Google+ Hangout On Air to get a inside look at all of the components of the Data Sensing Lab. See how it works from the people who created it– from software to data analysis and visualization. Also, learn about how you can build your own sensor network to collect, analyze and visualize real-time data about your environment.

You’ll hear from Alasdair Allan of Babilim Light Industries, Rob Faludi of Digi International, Kipp Bradford of Kippworks, Julie Steele of O’Reilly Media, Kim Rees and Andrew Winterman of Periscopic, the people behind the Data Sensing Lab.

Here’s everything you need to know to join us: 

What/Hangout Name: An Inside Look: The Data Sensing Lab at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference
When: Wednesday, February 27, 2012 at 3:00-4:00pm EST
Where: On Wednesday, February 27 we’ll live stream the event here on the iDigi Blog OR Take part in the action by joining through Google+

Add this online event to your calendar and come with questions in mind. You can ask questions by Tweeting to @XBeeWireless with the hashtag #SenseLab.

You can learn more about the Data Sensing Lab here. We’ll also be sharing live updates from the Data Sensing Lab Google+ Page and on Twitter.

Three Must-See Demos at Mobile World Congress 2013

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“The mobile ecosystem is expanding at lightning speed, with endless innovation and new applications of mobile technology.  From contactless payments and augmented reality to embedded devices and connected cities ­- mobile technology is changing the landscape. The impact mobile will have on the world is limitless.”

Digi team members will be taking part in Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona on February 25-28. We’re looking forward to exploring the new mobile horizon together with you.

Digi will be host a joint booth with our carrier partner, Vodafone. The booth will feature three application demos to display the ways in which M2M technology is changing everyday life. The three demos include:

  • An environmental demo in conjunction with Libelium to exhibit how a Smart City can use wireless sensor networks to remotely monitor environmental factors such as pollution, waste management and structural health.
  • A networked street lighting application demo in conjunction with our partner, Maiken
  • We’ll also host a live demo of a public transport bus system for vehicle tracking and control application demo with Intel.

To see these demonstrations and more, visit the booth located at stand 3B2 and 3C2, hall 3. We’d love to see you there!

For photos and live updates from the event you can follow us on Twitter and keep an eye on the hashtag for the conference, #MWC13.

iDigi at the M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Named Best Horizontal Platform

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Update 1/30/2013

Yesterday, at Battle of the Platforms, iDigi brought home the award for Best Horizontal Platform for “ease of integration, acceptability across multiple vertical markets, reduced complexity, cost reduction and speed of deployment.” We enjoyed seeing and hearing about the innovative ideas and solutions our peers are creating, and we were excited share the latest features of the iDigi Platform. Here are two articles that provide details on the competition, participants and winners.

The Winner of the Battle of the Platforms at M2M Evolution Is…

Innovation in M2M Solutions on Display at Battle of the Platforms

“Digi, the victor of last year’s competition, updated the crowd on its iDigi solution. It is newly integrated with Saleforce, and this integration provides an impressive use case. If, for example, your hot tub malfunctions, it can send information through the Social Machine to Salesforce, and the dealer can dispatch a tech to your house. Everyone in this chain will have up-to-date information, and your spa may be fixed before you even know it is broken!”

Want to check out the platform for yourself? Sign up for iDigi, it’s free!

We’re excited to be attending the M2M Evolution Conference and Expo this week in Miami. The conference highlights how M2M technologies and the Internet of Things can be utilized to significantly improve business processes, minimize risk, spur innovation and drive revenue.

On Tuesday, January 29, we’ll be competing in Battle of The Platforms. Last year, we were thrilled to take first place as ”Best Overall Platform” in Battle of the Platforms, and we hope to do the same here in Miami.

Three judgesMike Sapien of Ovum, James Brehm of Compass Intelligence and Carl Ford of Crossfire Media will select six winners, one winner in each of the categories below in addition to naming the Overall Best Platform.

Platform Categories represented at Battle of the Platforms:

  • Enabling Independent Applications Developer to work with M2M devices – “Here we are looking at how third parties use APIs to manage information flow and connect to the users existing systems.”
  • Platform for best BI Controls Solutions - “Here we are looking at the ability to deliver thresholding and performance criteria in a manner that makes business decisions logical, simple and self evident as possible.”
  • Platform for Service Providers to support wholesale services – “Here we are looking at how the provisioning of M2M is streamlined and available for rapid deployment.”
  • Platform for Enterprise Deployment - “Here we are looking at the ability to partition and deliver specific solutions where the enterprise manages independent of the location of their equipment.”
  • Best Horizontal Platform- “Ease of integration, acceptability across multiple vertical markets, reduced complexity, cost reduction and speed of deployment.”

Will you be at the M2M Evolution Conference this week? We’d love to meet you in person. If you’re looking for real-time updates, we’ll be sharing photos, video and more here on the iDigi blog, Facebook and  Twitter. You can also follow M2MEvolution for updates and information.

2013 M2M and Internet of Things Conferences and Events

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M2M Evolution Conference & The 2013 Battle of the Platforms
January 29- February 1 in Miami, FL
M2M Evolution will highlight how M2M technologies and the “Internet of Things” can be utilized to significantly improve business processes, minimize risk, spur innovation, and drive revenue. M2M Evolution highlights M2M applications within all vertical markets and will concentrate on specific applications within the supply chain, transportation, energy, and healthcare sectors. In the Battle of the Platforms you can watch and learn how to utilize network platforms to implement M2M solutions.

February 12 in Bangalore, India and February 19-20 in Nice, France
WaveForum brings together industry experts from around the world to share their knowledge about the latest advances in wireless technology, M2M solutions and device cloud connectivity. Attend one of our many in-person conferences or online webinars for comprehensive technical training and professional networking.

O’Reilly’s Strata Conference 
February 26-28 in Santa Clara, California 
Get face-to-face with the leading minds in big data (and thousands of your peers). Master the skills and technologies that make data work—with three days of inspiring keynotes, practical tutorials and sessions, an expo hall with key players and products, and plenty of networking events.Discover how some of the world’s most successful companies (like Google and Microsoft) tackle and use big data—and how you can apply what they’ve learned.

International Workshop on Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities
March 25-28 in Madrid, Spain
The workshop is focused on “the extension and integration aspects of the secure Internet of Things and pervasive computing technologies. The objective is to reach a global access to the services and information through, on the one hand, the so-called Web of Things and on the other hand, the efficient support for global communications, in order to embrace the machine to machine (M2M) communications in the future Internet of Things composed of IPv6 network and various smart things.

Remote Encounters
April 11-12 in Cardiff
The event aims to explore the use of networks as a means to enhance or create a wide variety of performance arts and asks: How do networks as a site for performance provide opportunities for us as artists and performers? and How can we remotely collaborate, merge geographically separate places and times, reconfigure the space of performance and the relationship between artist and audience?

M2M World Congress
April 25-26 in London
M2M World Congress 2013 is the world’s leading m2m conference & m2m summit focusing on m2m applications, hardware and solutions for automotive, healthcare, asset and fleet management, manufacturing, security, retail point of sales, smart grid, nfc, smart cities, smart homes and smart transport.

April 26 in Chicago, Illinois
Thotcon is a small venue hacking conference based in Chicago IL, USA. This is a non-profit, non-commercial event looking to provide the best conference possible on a very limited budget. It was started as an idea in late 2009, by a group of local hackers who wanted to start a local low cost con. There have been three successful cons in 2010, 2011, and 2012 with tickets selling out well before the conference date. This is a not-for-profit, non-commercial event looking to provide the best conference possible on a very limited budget. Any proceeds from the event are applied toward the next year’s event with hope to be able to put on a better con each year. The event will be limited to 18 talks, 3 workshops and 700 attendees.

Quantified Self Europe
May 12-13 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Quantified Self Europe 2013 is a conference for users and tool makers interested in self-tracking systems. It will be a “working meeting” for the QS community (70 groups worldwide), where we will gather, inspire, and learn from each other as we share and collaborate on self-tracking projects. We will also explore the potential effects of self-tracking on ourselves and society.

Secure 360
May 13-16 in St. Paul, Minnesota
Secure360 is the premier educational conference in the Upper Midwest for the information risk management and security industry.

Connected World Conference 
June 7-13 in Santa Clara, California 
Stakeholders in today’s high-tech community are successful, intelligent, and engaged. These individuals are looking to be part of a community that helps foster new ideas around connectivity and collaboration. Annually, this community gathers at the Connected World Conference, the only event dedicated exclusively to M2M and connected devices. The Connected World Conference brings together technology-driven professionals, tech-minded consumers, and upwardly mobile entrepreneurs, all around the idea of either creating or consuming the latest emerging devices and technologies.

Which events will you be attending this year? And, what events would you like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

Connected Cars Take Off At CES 2013

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By now you may have heard that your vehicle will become one of your most connected devices. This year, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), auto makers took the opportunity to tout how cars will capitalize on the Internet of Things. Here are six posts that take a deeper look at “The Internet of Cars” at CES.

At CES the connected car became truly connected on Gigaom

“Ford and GM opened up their closely guarded connected car platforms to developers at CES, which means we’ll soon see a plethora of apps appearing in our dashboards. But the automakers aren’t Google. They’ll be careful about what exactly they’ll let into the vehicle.”

Both General Motors and Ford announced open development platforms for their respective connected car platforms, potentially opening them up to thousands of new apps and services. While GM’s developer portal doesn’t appear to be live yet, Ford told us that 1,258 devs have downloaded its software developer’s kit as of Thursday.

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Ford Opens up to Developers and Hackers on MAKE

“In the Ford booth, they’re demonstrating the Sync AppLink API and The Ford Developer Program. The AppLink API lets you create mobile apps for iOS or Android and have them interface with Ford’s Sync voice controlled interface inside the car. While it’s mostly aimed at developers that want to bring their applications to market, the API is entirely open and approval is only needed if you wish to make your app available to the public.

Another developer program just launched by Ford is OpenXC. According to the company, ‘OpenXC is focused on the future as an open-source hardware and software platform developed by Ford Research and Innovation to unleash the power of the open-source hacker community to explore what can be done with vehicle data.’”

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Forget the Internet of Things: Here Comes the Internet of Cars on Wired

“Connected vehicles” are cars that access, consume, create, enrich, direct, and share digital information between businesses, people, organizations, infrastructures, and things. Those “things” include other vehicles, which is where the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Cars.

As these vehicles become increasingly connected, they become self-aware, contextual, and eventually, autonomous. Those of you reading this will probably experience self-driving cars in your lifetime — though maybe not all three of its evolutionary phases: from automated to autonomous to unmanned.”

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Car related technology and gaming dominate Consumer Electronics Show social media conversations on The Drum

“Generating almost a third (29 per cent) of all CES related discussions, 18 per cent of posts were about driverless and automated cars such as Google’s automated car that drove 300,000 miles with no accidents, as well as Toyota and Audi.”

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Connected cars at CES: Automakers smarten the dashboard, keep CD player on life support on ExtremeTech

“Not surprisingly, millennials (age 18-33) are hottest for the things a connected car offers, meaning it’s nice that Cadillac pioneered the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) interface but people who can afford Chevies not Caddies are the ones who’ll be most excited by the connected car. Yet another survey, this by Edelman 8095, says 40% of millennials want to be able to influence the products they use and personalize the functionality of communications devices and cars. At its simplest, Ford says, that means picking the apps you want for your smartphone (and using them in the car), but it also means motorists will probably want reconfigurable dashboards that are features of high-end cars such as the Cadillac XTS.”

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Cars Connect With Apps, the Cloud at CES on Wired

Yet for all the branding and marketing hype, these systems are variations on a theme. They connect to the cloud via Wi-Fi or 3G — Audi announced Wednesday that it will roll out 4G LTE connectivity ”soon” — to deliver streaming audio, social media like Facebook and Yelp, and apps like iHeartRadio and NPR. Other common features include automatic crash response, voice-activated navigation, spoken text messages and concierge services that will make restaurant reservations, order flowers or book flights.

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Interested in learning more about how the Internet of Things will change your car or how connected transportation will Change your life? Check out “The Internet of Things: Moving Us Forward with Innovations for Transportation.” You can also see a demo of how M2M technology can be implemented on a bus to create a better experience for the driver and passengers here.

Have questions or comments about this post? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

WaveForum 2012 Recap

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We would like to thank our attendees, sponsors and presenters for making WaveForum Miami an event to remember. It was a great three days of insight and information on M2M solutions, wireless technology and device cloud connectivity. Here are just some of the many great moments from the event.

Looking to attend a future WaveForum conference? You can see locations and dates here. Have questions about how to get involved? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

WaveForum 2012: Get the Inside Scoop

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Tomorrow, WaveForum 2012 will begin in Miami. For those of you who won’t be joining us in person, you can still find information on the topics, solutions and insights that the conference will cover.

As industry experts from around the world come together to share their knowledge about the latest advances in wireless technology, M2M solutions and device cloud connectivity, we’ll be sharing here on the iDigi blog, on the Digi International Facebook Page and on Twitter with the hashtag #WaveForum.

In addition to Digi’s own experts, you’ll hear from leaders like Mouser, Intel, Digi-Key and more!

Looking to attend a future WaveForum conference? You can see locations and dates here. Have questions about how to get involved? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

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