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Tisséo Drives Innovation and A New Public Transit Vehicle Line with 4G Connectivity

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As you may have experienced yourself, commuting is becoming a more connected experience. One public transit operator, Tisséo, focuses on this connectivity to ensure vehicles are running smoothly and that customers have the best experience possible. Tisséo is the public transit operator for the Toulouse metro area in the south of France that is responsible for more than 120 million trips last year spanning two subway lines, two tram lines, and 150 bus routes.

By Occitandu34 (own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsAs part of its ongoing investment in innovation, Tisséo plans to rollout a line of new 160 new Lineo rapid-transit vehicles that combine characteristics of trams and buses. According to Nicolas Boutté, project leader for Tisséo, the Lineo deployment represented an attractive opportunity to improve the rider experience. “Lineo vehicles will have embedded advertising-supported displays with real-time traffic, route, and location information for passengers,” he said. “But we needed more than our basic in-depot WiFi connectivity. We needed 4G connections out on the roads, so that the Lineo vehicles are continuously connected to our dispatch office.”

To seize the opportunity to deliver this enhanced experience to attract and retain riders, Tisséo turned to the Digi TransPort® WR44 to deliver cellular communications.

Learn more about how Boutté’s team selected the WR44 and plans to serve more than 100,000 commuters in the full case study here >>

Safe and Secure Traffic Control with Digi TransPort® WR31

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The security of our city’s critical infrastructures is vital to everyone’s safety, especially in the challenging world of traffic control that depends heavily on cabinets to collect, manage, and store critical data. This is why smart cities and intelligent transportation systems have specific requirements and guidelines that govern traffic and signal teams, municipal agencies, and the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Act to ensure safety and security across our transportation systems.

However, what happens if a traffic control cabinet is left unlocked and open? The new Digi TransPort® WR31 can provide an immediate alarming system to alert traffic and signal teams or municipal agencies to the fact that a cabinet is open or has been tampered with and immediately dispatch a truck to address the problem.

San Diego Traffic Cabinet

The Digi TransPort WR31 is a flexible, reliable 4G LTE router specifically designed for the challenges of traffic monitoring and control. The software-selectable support allows operators to standardize on one cellular device while maintaining continuous network connectivity. With Digi Remote Manager®, engineers have a single tool for configuring and managing multiple remote devices.

Read Digi TransPort WR31 for Intelligent Transportation Systems for more information>>

The Next Big Thing Is Smaller: Introducing the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL

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Digi is excited to announce the smallest and most secure i.MX6UL system-on-module available on the market today. The Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL packs a lot into this stamp-sized module (29mm x 29mm x 3.5mm):

NXP i.MX6UL-2, Cortex-A7 @528MHz processor
Up to 2GB NAND Flash
Pre-certified for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Integrated dual-Ethernet 10/100
Dedicated security and authentication controller
Unique low-power and wake-up state management

System-on-modules, or SOMs, are an affordable way for OEMs to quickly enable their products to be smarter and connect to the Internet of Things. SOMs deliver the I/O, memory, and wireless connectivity necessary to connect a product to the IoT without having to become experts in electrical engineering. Watch the video below to hear Digi Product Manager Mike Rohrmoser explain the Digi CC6UL in more detail:

For many OEMs, building complex connected devices from the ground up is not a core competency. Furthermore, fast changing market requirements, global competitive pressures, and ever-changing technology and regulatory requirements make partnering with proven SOM manufacture like Digi, a necessity. Whether it’s a medical device or a mission-critical industrial controller, Digi has the expertise to get you to market quickly.

Once you’ve connected a device to the Internet – you have to make sure it secured. The Digi ConnectCore for i.MX6UL was built with Digi TrustFence™, a security framework that removes the implementation barriers by providing you with a fully integrated, secure module platform with complete Linux software support.

Digi ConnectCore for i.MX6UL delivers the smallest, smartest, most secure way to connect your product to the Internet of Things.

Check out www.digi.com/cc6ul to learn more>>

Digi XBees Work to Transform Package Delivery with Connected Lockers

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How many times have you missed an anticipated package delivery only to wait days for that one moment when the stars align and the delivery comes while your home? Or maybe that special moment never comes, and the package you’ve been waiting for is returned to its sender.

SmartBox Co., Ltd. is revolutionizing the distribution industry to solve that problem. The company, founded in 2013 and headquartered in Seoul, Korea, manufactures the “SmartBox,” a high-tech locker that applies IoT technology for unattended parcel delivery. It’s the world’s first Internet of Things-based delivery locker. And unlike traditional kiosk lockers, the SmartBox is more convenient, independent, and economical.

SmartBoxWhen parcel arrives, the delivery-person enters a mobile number and places the package in a secure locker. The recipient gets an SMS message with a password to open the secure locker.

Using Digi XBee® wireless modules and gateways, SmartBox can work with either unmanned delivery destinations or traditional lockers. Each SmartBox locker is equipped with an XBee module that provides connectivity and intelligence to permit/forbid access to lockers based on single-use codes. A single Digi XBee gateway carries backhaul traffic to SmartBox’s operations center where lockers can be monitored and maintained centrally. That gateway also sends SMS notifications to package recipients. More than 3,000 SmartBox lockers have been installed in apartments, college dormitories, public offices, office buildings, and subway stations across South Korea and Japan.

Interested in learning more about SmartBox and how the lockers utilize Digi XBee modules?

Read the full case study here >>

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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Throwback: Machine Pours A Drink Every Time the U.S. Wins a Medal
Andrew and his team are active members in the maker community and huge fans of the Olympic Games, both of which motivated them to create the Patriotic Party Machine. Watch how this system is able to pour a victorious drink using Digi XBee.

Digi’s DIY Restroom Monitoring System
How many times have you walked all the way to the restroom only to find out it is being occupied? Well, a few Digi XBee experts collaborated to create a door sensor and a web app monitor system to verify the vacancy of the restrooms. Check out below the humorous, yet very practical use of technology. 20160805_155409 - Sized

Ben Heck’s Hackbot Wars Part 1: Assembly
Ben, Felix, and Karen are preparing for a Nintendo Mario Kart-like battle on this week’s episode of The Ben Heck’s Show. In this first episode, each robot is meticulously assembled and a customized remote controller is created. Watch the video below to learn how ‘The Kitten’ operates with Digi XBee during Flex’s Conner (12:30).

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What Makes Thread a Secure Wireless Protocol?

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With XBee Thread soon arriving, we’re fielding a lot of questions regarding the protocol’s touted security benefits. Not only does Thread provide a robust network with no single point of failure, but it also offers businesses and developers extremely secure wireless communication. Let’s look at a couple reasons why.Web

IP-based Security Protocols
Yes, it’s a low-powered network, not unlike ZigBee and other 802.15.4 radios, but it’s also IP-based. This is important because with an IP-based networking protocol, developers can tap into security protocols used when you’re browsing the internet. Some of the common ones are DTLS, TLS and SSL. These IP-based security protocols provide the network with secure end-to-end communication.

Another benefit of the Thread protocol is the commissioning process. Commissioning is the process of joining a new node to the Thread network. Previously, this could lead to network vulnerabilities and be overly complex. But, the creators of Thread have made it a straightforward and user-friendly experience by leveraging mobile technology and passphrases. This ensures no rogue nodes are able to join the network without being overly complex.

There are three ways to add a node to a Thread network, out-of-band commissioning, discovery, and through a commissioning application on a mobile device.

Out-of-band commissioning mode configures a node with the network credentials of the desired network. This makes the node behave like a partition of the network.  When it comes in range of the network, it will be like two partitions joining into a larger network creating a secure handoff.

When commissioning via discovery mode, the node searches for a network with matching credentials. For this, the security is simple, the network must be in range of the the node, the network must allow joining, and the node must be told to expect a node to be joining, identified by its EUI 64, or unique IPv6 MAC address.

Lastly, Thread introduces a third method, and arguably the easiest new way to commission a device, through a commissioning application installed on a device such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.  Thread describes this process as petitioning and joining.

Petitioning is the process of authenticating and authorizing the commissioning device (like your phone or laptop), which will run the Thread commissioning app. The device can then communicate with the Thread network either locally or via the internet through the network’s Border Router. This forms a secure TLS connection between the network’s Border Router and the user’s commissioning device.

So now that we’ve got our commissioning device authorized, how do we add a new node to the network? It’s pretty easy.

When a node wants to join the network it will send a request to the commissioning device where the user will be prompted to enter a key to authorize the node(s) to join the network. Once the key is entered, there is a secure DTLS handshake between the joining node and the Commissioner. The new node receives the network parameters and is all ready to function with the necessary rights and privileges.

This is just a brief look at why many IoT experts consider Thread a more secure wireless protocol based on its security features and commissioning process. Check out these resources to learn more about the Thread wireless protocol:

And, if you have any Thread-related questions send us a tweet at @digidotcom or @XBeeWireless. You can also visit the official Thread website for more information.

This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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This Temporary Tattoo Monitors Your Alcohol Level and Informs Your Phone
Discover more about the unique sticker tattoos designed at the University of California that cold help raise alcohol awareness to you (and your phone!)

Breaking Through the RF Clutter: Innovations in Spread Spectrum Technology
Wireless communication systems provide speedy and extraordinary advantages to staying on top of mission-critical situations in less than ideal environments. Read Digi Punch2 Technology to compare long-range vs. traditional radios in interference immunity over long distances in highly congested and noisy environments.

Introducing the Dig ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL
The saying ‘big things come in small packages’ remains true with the new Digi ConnectCore® 6 UL, a versatile and industrial-grade system-on-module the size of a postage stamp. Watch production manager Mike Rohrmoser introduce the characteristics this system-on-module holds to bring your projects and products to market faster, smarter, and more secure.

This Smart Pen Lets You Scan the World for Color and Custom Mix Any Ink Shade
M2M is one thing, but M2M with an artistic twist is another. Take for example smart pens, an incredible tool that could allow artists to choose any color it contacts simply by scanning it with the tip of the pen. Can you imagine what George Seurat or Claude Monet would have done with these tools during the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism eras?!

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Rube Goldberg Wireless Controller Network

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By Jon Freeman

At face value, the project deals with a Rube Goldberg-style vending machine. In reality, it is designed to provide a wireless controller sandbox that can be used by someone to refine their building, programming and communication skills. The use of wireless makes it relatively easy for anyone to add, extend or replace modules.

Build your own with the project files on Dropbox!

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