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Digi XBee ZigBee Light

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This Digi XBee ZigBee Light demonstrates the capabilities of cloud-connected, industrial lighting. It was designed with a RAB LED light, an XBee ZigBee module, and an XBee gateway to create a cloud-connected wireless lighting solution that can be monitored and controlled from a cloud-based application.

This particular industrial light was created by our very Digi experts to be showcased at events like electronica 2016. Hence the reason why the board is placed below the light, but in reality it would be embedded in the light fixture itself.

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1 Black Display with attached power strip, plus:

  • 1 XBee Cloud Kit Development Board (55001789-02) and XBee-PRO ZigBee module (XBP24CZ7PIT-001)
  • 1 XBee ZigBee Gateway (Eth/Wi-Fi) w/ power supply
  • 1 RAB Light
  • 1 Ethernet Cable
  • 1 XBee Smart Plug
  • 1 Micro-USB Cable

In the Heroku app for the kit, there are 4 widgets:

  1. Street Light control – turns the RAB LED on and off
  2. Ambient light – measures the light on the sensor placed directly below the RAB light. Presented as a percentage 0-100%
  3. Housing temperature – measures the temperature on the development board
  4. Street Light Watts – measures the current draw of the RAB light in Watts

The XBee ZigBee Cloud interface would look something like this:
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IoT Smart Record Player

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First time Digi XBee users, successfully created the Smart Record Player at the 2016 IoT Hack Day in Minneapolis, MN that was organized by IoT Fuse. This Clank, Clank, Clunk record player was created using “off the shelf parts” and “off the shelf technology” also known as the Digi XBee module and the Digi XBee Cloud. This allowed the hackers to solely focus on creating this master piece within the 12 hour time-frame.

The Clank, Clank, Clunk record player created by Ken Chang and his team using Digi XBee at the 2016 IoT Hack Day.

You can watch one of the creators, Ken Chang, explain the smart project in more detail and Get the full Clank! Clank! Clunk! story on Devpost

The Past, Present, and Future of Remote IoT Security

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The expansion of IoT applications allows more remote devices to wirelessly collect, store, and transmit information across vast networks and distances to multiple applications. Remote_IoT_SecurityThis advancement now demands that remote IoT solutions be designed to have individualized device security, well thought out IoT hardware and with consideration of risk aversion because hackers now have a larger playing field with even more targets. Industries like Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and the Transportation industry are more susceptible to these cyber attacks because they are constantly trying to go further, do more, and expand network coverage. Remote IoT connected devices can be accessed from both wired and wireless networks, which leave them vulnerable to these basic types of attacks to consider:

  • Access/Authentication of IoT Devices – Hackers can cause mistrust by misleading remote network devices by altering the manufacturer code.
  • Up-to-date security systems – Hackers can attack systems that have fallen behind on updates or lack support to patch issues in large numbers of scattered IoT devices.
  • Encryption Network Security – Hackers can easily access and find encryption keys to decrypt IoT data.
  • Hardware Port access Protection- Hackers can physically attack remote IoT devices and gain access through the JTAG port, network ports, or an Ethernet port.

The IoT solution to help prevent these cyber attacks is to design and implement a futuristic IoT security framework. The security solution will be tailored to a specific IoT solution and will provide advance features like device authentication, using a remote system that will monitor and update devices. Remote services will also help store IoT data and validate that data as originating from the proper device. It will include a hardened coprocessor that add other layers of IoT security by enabling security functions separate from the main processor in a hardened security environment.

Read more about remote IoT Security, cyber attacks, and the future of an IoT Security Framework >>

PragmaTech Adds Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligence for Efficient Waste Management

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To more efficiently monitor and manage waste containers, PragmaTech an innovative waste management consulting firm, developed Pandora. Pandora, a proprietary software, utilizes wireless communication to allow individual machines to remotely indicate fullness and that the units are working correctly and efficiently.

getattachmentThis software helps PragmaTech customers save as much as 60% in haulage costs by monitoring the performance of on-site equipment, ensuring all services are provided in a timely and efficient manner. Today, the company has more than 3,400 systems deployed across all of North America.

The software accesses onboard computers with the Digi TransPort® WR21 3G/4G LTE M2M enterprise router to collect and deliver data. The data supports services, production, purchasing, sales, and marketing functions and enables organizations to achieve cost savings. Pandora schedules pick-ups only when compactors reach a specified fullness level, eliminating the cost of unnecessary collections.

Read more about how PragmaTech uses connected technology to create efficiencies in waste management >>

Cyber Security Vs. Physical Security: Is One More Important?

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Cyber security has attracted a tremendous amount of attention lately due to recent cyber-attacks that have been publicized in the news. Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices have given users the amazing ability to connect devices in distant, isolated areas saving time and money, while minimizing risk. However, this connectivity comes at a cost. Remote devices can be susceptible to cyber-attacks such as hacks, viruses and spyware invasions that can go undetected until it is too late. Remote devices can also be even more prone to physical unauthorized access or damage because security focus tends to be elsewhere.

While cyber security is not to be downplayed, physical security should not be overlooked and is equally concerning. Physical attacks could jeopardize critical units like Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), and Smart Cities and Transportation management solutions. This could lead to widespread, costly and hazardous damage to city services, water systems and even more.

Awareness is critical when trying to determine a balanced security solution for IoT applications. Below are some key questions to be considered as you assess threats and determine the best solutions.

● What type of information must be collected? The data typically falls into two categories – alarm data and log data.
● What type of sensors will be needed?
● Will the sensors use radio, Wi-Fi or cellular for connection, or a combination of two or more?
● What power source is available? Battery, hardwire, or other?
● Will managers and security personnel have insight into what actions to take?

Find out the answers to these questions and learn how to keep your physical assets safe and secure>>

Digi System on Module and Avancen Enhance Oral Pain Medication Delivery

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avacen1-smOn a daily basis hospital staff members are outnumbered by patients, which results in heavy workloads and delayed tasks. This has become an agonizing issue when it involves delivering oral pain medication to a patient that is suffering, because as we all know, a minute in pain actually feels like 10 minutes. Even under optimal conditions it can take an average of 10 plus minutes after pressing the call button for a patient to receive painkilling medication.
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This is what inspired Avancen to create the world’s first wireless, patient controlled analgesia (PCA) device called Medication on Demand (MOD®). The MOD® is equipped with the Digi RCM6600W system-on-module (SOM) for built-in intelligence, programmability and WiFi connectivity. This FDA approved device is used in hospitals and clinics saving time and making patients more comfortable in hospitals and clinics across the country.

Read more about the Avancen success story here>>

Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL Starter Kit is Now Available!

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The Starter Kit for evaluating the new Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL System-on-Module (SOM) is now available. It delivers an extremely compact and flexible development and rapid prototyping kit as well as a reference design for the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL, which is suited for use in a wide range of connected applications.

The Starter Board combines a Digi ConnectCore® 6UL SOM built on the low-power NXP i.MX6UL application processor, 256 MB flash, 256 MB RAM, integrated 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, precc-6ul-starter-kit-1-certified dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN + Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity with an integrated high-efficiency antenna and a focused set of key peripheral interfaces.

The simplified but also rugged board design offers USB host/device connections, microSD storage and embedded expansion connectors for development and prototyping purposes. These include Grove
connectors, which allow you to instantly connect and integrate a wide range of compatible off-the-shelf sensors and peripherals, effortlessly.

Digi’s Yocto Project Linux BSP and software support is provided with full source code access straight out of the box. Whether you are building a connected device for medical, healthcare, energy or industrial applications, or prototyping new connected product concepts, the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL Starter Kit is the ideal platform to get you started. And if you need additional help with your project, Digi also offers professional support and design services to help you go to market smarter and faster.

Click here to learn more about the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL and buy your Starter Kit today!

The Fastest Path to Embedded Cellular Connectivity is Digi XBee®

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Digi is excited to bring together the power and flexibility of the Digi XBee® ecosystem with Verizon, the world’s largest cellular network. Digi XBee® Cellular makes connecting your product easier by smoothing out the hardware, certifications, and development tools to configure and maintain your connected device.

Additional benefits of this pre-certified end device that is saving OEMs months of time and thousands of dollars:

  • xbee-cellular-200pxThe smallest footprint available (24mm x 33mm.)
  • Based on the 20-pin Digi XBee® footprint we all know and trust.
  • The best development tools to deploy and manage your network (XCTU, API, libraries.)
  • A bundled data plan will be available as an option, with the module “shipping hot,” fully pre-provisioned and ready to communicate over the cellular network right out of the box.

Digi XBee® Cellular will initially be available on the Verizon LTE Cat 1 network, followed by additional carrier support and new lower-power IoT Cellular standards such as LTE Cat M1 and LTE Cat NB1. Whatever the protocol, Digi XBee® Cellular will have a pin-compatible module so your design is ready for tomorrow. Samples are available now for development!

Click here for preliminary specs and to sign up for Digi XBee® Cellular updates. Or, give us a call at 877-912-3444 to learn more.

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