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Retail Innovation Soars with Secure and Reliable Cellular Connections

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The web has raised consumers’ expectations of retail stores and transformed the purchasing process. Brick and mortar shops need to find ways to compete with the convenience offered by online shopping. Retailers are using wireless connected devices and new technology to create an interactive experience for their customers. In this video, learn how store owners are using cellular connections to make retail systems secure, reliable, and innovative.

 

Click here to learn more about Digi’s new cellular router, the WR11.

The Internet of Things: Cloud Connected Devices Built on Freescale

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Cloud Connected Thermostat with Digi X2e Gateway

 

This video demonstration will take you through an end-to-end wireless solution built on Freescale and connected to Device Cloud by Etherios. For more information on Device Cloud and to sign up for your free account, visit the Device Cloud product page.

 

Freescale’s IoT Applications and Latest Innovations at Computex 2013

At Computex 2013, Freescale gives us details on a full range of ARM processor-based product demos including their Kinetis KL02 (ARM Cortex-M0+) which can be used in numerous Internet of Things applications such as Smart Meter, Gate-way Thermostats, and wearable devices

The Big Conversation: M2M and Internet of things – do we need a catch-all?

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TelecomTV asks “What’s the difference between M2M and the Internet of Things?” Digi’s CTO, Joel Young and other experts help answer the question.

Joel Young explains how “M2M” and the “Internet of Things” do not acuurately describe the mission of improving the way businesses operate. “We’re not trying to create a new market, we’re just trying to solve business problems and make all of our businesses operate better. You have to start off with a real compelling business reason to deploy a connectivity solution. Once that solution is deployed and you have the connectivity in place, then you can look at other opportunities and other ways to leverage that connectivity for new exciting applications and solutions.”

Simplifying the Internet of Things

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Digi International’s CTO, Joel Young, spoke to Intel about simplifying the Internet of Things.

“When we think about 50 billion things, all being connected– that’s transforming. It’s all about connecting devices to an application to solve business problems in intelligent ways– to add value, drive efficiencies, increase revenue or improve customer satisfaction. In today’s world, you can’t just do that by yourself.”

The “Internet of Things” describes a world of 15 billion plus devices, a trillion plus connections, and four billion intelligent systems by 2015. This represents an immense market opportunity across a wide range of segments with more than $2 trillion plus in potential revenue. Companies like Digi, Arrow, Dell OEM, McAfee and others are utilizing the Intel® Intelligent Systems Framework to develop solutions for this new marketplace that are connected, managed, and secured in a consistent and scalable manner.

Find more information on Intel Intelligent Systems technology here.

New iDigi Video Library

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You may have noticed our new iDigi video library. We’ll be sharing iDigi videos in this new addition of the community section of iDigi.com on a regular basis. You’ll find tutorials, how to’s, feature overviews and more.

To get to the library, go to iDigi.com and click to the community section. Once in the community section, you’ll see the video library on the right-hand side of the page.

 You’ll notice that we’re categorizing videos, so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for. As we continue to add to the library, we’ll add more categories and even a search feature.

Is there a video or video category you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter— we’d love to hear what you think!

1024 Radios in XBee Digi K-Node

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How do you test networks of over 1000 XBee radios? In this new video Jared Hofhiens, Digi’s XBee Product Manager, offers an inside peek at the company’s Kilo-Node test fixture where giant wireless networks are put through their paces at the company’s Lindon, Utah offices.

Each “blade” of the K-Node holds 32 XBee radios, with variable RF attenuation so that effective distance between the radios can be changed for different simulations. Multiply that by 32 blades in a test fixture and you get 1024 radios total! Hofhiens says, “This flexibility allows us to simulate anything from pipeline monitoring to streetlight controls or home energy management systems.That’s what makes the XBee the most reliable, most tested RF module on the planet!”

Learn more about XBee RF modules: http://www.digi.com/xbee

Maker Faire XBee iDigi Garage Demo

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Jordan Husney and I created an electrically-operated scale model garage to demonstrate the XBee-iDigi Garage Door Opener for one of the projects we’ll be featuring at the Digi booth for Bay Area Maker Faire 2012 this weekend. It’s an example of building the “12,000-Mile Universal remote” project from Make Vol. 30. With this project you can push any button in your house from anywhere the world using your mobile phone. The project uses a Digi XBee® module in an open-source hardware design with the XBee Internet Gateway (XIG) and the iDigi® Device Cloud to work its home-improvement magic.

Thanks to Scott Kilau (Android controller), Margaret McKenna (web application), Joel Young (underwriting) and Joetta Gobell (car artist) for their invaluable contributions to this project. See you at Maker Faire!