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XBee MicroPython Examples
Professor and chief innovations officer at Digi, Rob Faludi put together a saga of XBee MircoPython examples to help guide your next big XBee project. See how running small amounts of code can complete big tasks.

Web-Based Pool Controller w/ Raspberry Pi, Arduino, XBee and Digital Thermometer
Collaboration is key to a successful system, and this DIY device masters just that by using Raspberry Pi, Arduino and XBee to control a swimming pool pump and heater. Check out this collaboration in more detail.

Fashion Tech Fashion Designers – Ending The Theocracy Of Fashion
In honor of Fashion Week, here is an insightful read on how the fashion industry has evolved thanks to leading technology and where the future of fashion is headed with wearables:

Safe and Secure Traffic Control with Digi TransPort® WR31
Happy customers and making an industry impact are a few of our favorite accomplishments. Learn how ElectriCities saved over $300K annually with Digi WR31.

Google’s car will automatically pull you over for the police
If you ever questioned Google’s ability to take over the world, question no more because they are now entering the police academy:

Customer Showcase: Wireless Devices that Power Today’s Smart Cities

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Every day Digi works with customers around the world to deploy connected solutions that businesses rely on. Connected devices help people use data to make more informed decisions and modernize business operations. And, connected devices are modernizing our day-to-day life as well. Here are a few of the many companies we’re proud to work with that are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to make cities smarter, and our lives easier.

SmartBox | Smart Delivery

Many of us can’t be at home to sign for packages when they arrive, and the outdated delivery-release notes have become an invitation for criminals looking for easy thefts. We have busy schedules, and we don’t want to inconvenience our friends or neighbors to receive our packages, as they have busy schedules themselves. SmartBox decided to build a delivery system that’s safe smartboxand secure and most important, runs on your schedule.

SmartBox is the world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) smart delivery storage locker. With SmartBox, delivery services can leave a package safely in a locker in a lobby or public area for recipients to pick up at their convenience. Recipients will be notified via SMS message, and thanks to a Digi XBee module in every unit, can safely retrieve their package with a single-use passcode. Read the full story here >>.

ElectriCities | Networking

getattachmentMaintaining a vast and complex network has traditionally been done with copper 56k circuits at each site. However, the process is expensive and at high risk of damage from lightning strikes. ElectriCities recognized an opportunity to re-engineer a safer and more efficient solution.

They found a solution in Digi’s TransPort WR31 LTE router which was dependable enough to maintain a network connection for frequent meter reading, and flexible enough to support communications with Schneider, Itron, JEMStar and SEL devices. The implementation of this LTE solution saved over $300,000 annually on telemetry charges. Read the full story here >>.

Tisséo | Public Transit

By Occitandu34 (own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsFor the great city of Toulouse in the south of France with over 1 million people, public transit is an essential part of daily life. The city has two subway lines, two trams lines, and 150 bus routes. When combined that’s over 120 million trips in the last year! The entire fleet of over 500 busses plus buses are equipped with a WiFi-based automatic vehicle monitoring systems (AVMSs) that connects with a backend system, but only when it reached one of the Tisséo depots and didn’t provide any valuable real-time data.

That’s when Tisséo turned to the Digi TransPort® WR44 R to deliver cellular communications. With the new installation, each new Lineo rapid-transit vehicle will have reliable communications for onboard systems such as security video, fare collection, CAD/AVL, VoIP dispatch, and passenger WiFi. This enables the busses to be constantly connected to a backend system offering valuable real-time data such as location, speed, and next stops. Read the full story here >>.

Read more about how Digi customers are inventing new business models and changing their respective industries, visit our customer success page >>.

The U.S. Bank Stadium is Set Up for Success with Digi-Equipped Daktronics Scoreboard and Timing System

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As most football fans know, nothing is more mission critical than instantaneous score and time keeping to deliver a successful game-day experience. The Daktronics scoreboard and timing solutions installed at the U.S. Bank Stadium are equipped with Digi Neo ® PCI Express serial port to ensure accurate information is being sent to all the stadium’s scoreboards and clocks in a timely manner.

Digi Neo ® PCI Express serial port was chosen because it outperformed other solutions during testing and for its reliability. This reliability has been established by providing mission-critical connections for many of Minnesota’s successful athletic venues like Target Field (Minnesota Twins), Xcel Energy Center (Minnesota Wild) and TCF Bank Stadium (University of Minnesota), with new equipment currently being installed at Target Center (Minnesota Timberwolves.) Not to mention, Daktronics solutions utilizing Digi connectivity solutions are in use at half of all MLS facilities, 75 percent of NBA facilities, 80 percent of NHL and NFL facilities, and 100 percent of MLB facilities!

Read more here about how Daktronics and Digi Neo ® PCI Express serial port delivers winning solutions for U.S. Bank Stadium.

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ElectriCities Achieves Reliability and Savings with LTE

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What does it take to provide training, emergency and technical assistance and communications to 90 member municipalities and 1.2 million customers?

ElectriCitiesWR31, which maintains this complex network that covers thousands of square miles and collects data from a variety of meters and telemetry equipment in order to offer communications and management services to its member utilities, decided on an LTE solution. The LTE solution gives ElectriCities a dependable network connection for frequent meter reading, while being flexible enough to support communications with Schneider, Itron, JEMStar and SEL devices.

The Digi TransPort® WR31 LTE router from Digi International gave ElectriCities the right combination of both reliability and flexibility: achieved thorough VPN performance and HALT testing, backed by a 5-year warranty, via the software-defined multicarrier support that permits the same WR31 unit to switch between Verizon, AT&T and all other North American LTE carriers.

Read more about how ElectriCities saved over $300,000 annually with the change in the full case study >>

Traffic Flows Better with Digi TransPort® WR31

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In a recent article for Network World, Deepak Puri nicely summarizes how the Internet of Things is improving the flow of traffic in smart cities. He references data from the Economist that sitting in traffic costs Americans $1700 per year in lost productivity and gas while our cars idle on the freeway (not to mention the stress and anxiety!).

Traffic on Motorway at Rush Hour in Berlin, GermanyBut smart cities are reducing those costs by connecting sensors such as inductive loops buried in the roadway, traffic cameras, and dynamic messages boards, smart cities around the world are improving the flow of traffic.

What’s more, smart cities can take advantage of these connected assets, and improve security and be more efficient in dispatching highway patrol or a service truck for a stalled vehicle. With high-bandwidth 4G LTE connections, Digi TransPort WR31 is helping smart cities around the globe connect their critical infrastructure in ways that improve services that ultimately makes our commute to work in the morning a little less stressful.

Learn more about how smart cities are connecting their critical infrastructure with Digi TransPort WR31>>

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>>

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