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:
• The 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.
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.
Many of us can’t be at home to sign for packages when they arrive, and the outdated delivery-release notes have become an invitation for criminals looking for easy thefts.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 and 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 >>.
Maintaining 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 >>.
For 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 >>.
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.
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!).
But 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.
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.
As 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.
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.
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.
As a leading supplier of communications solutions for POS, kiosk, banking, and ATM markets for three decades, Digi knows the criticality of safeguarding credit and debit card transactions.
Still, confusion on how to meet the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) remains. For example, for the most part, there are no specific PCI certifications for network devices. This begs the question: what is PCI compliance and how is it achieved?
To find the answers, Digi offers the PCI-Compliant 4G LTE Networking with Digi Enterprise Routers white paper. This paper demystifies PCI certification and addresses meeting compliance with the Digi TransPort® family of 4G LTE routers. It presents an overview of PCI-DSS and the standard’s 12 key technical and operational requirements that merchants, processors, and service providers must satisfy.
It then introduces Digi TransPort 4G LTE Routers and how they comply with all 12 requirements, making them the world’s most secure commercial cellular routers.
Using Digi solutions, you can build PCI-compliant applications that protect credit card data processing and transmission.
Reading PCI-Compliant 4G LTE Networking with Digi Enterprise Routers, you’ll understand what’s needed for PCI-DSS compliance and how Digi offers the industry’s strongest support for this rigorous standard.
When you’re working for a major petrochemical company, inventory control isn’t merely a financial matter. That’s because a slow, undetected leak of a dangerous chemical substance can ultimately lead to significant safety concerns, and environmental/regulatory issues that can cost millions of dollars.
A major metro’s DPW team might be responsible for ensuring thousands of streets are operational on a 24×7 basis. Outages translate into lapses in public safety and unnecessary taxpayer expense. But how can they keep tabs on all of those fixtures?
Unfortunately, for organizations like these – and thousands of others facing the same dilemmas – the only feasible recourse has been to put technicians and repair teams on the road, logging thousands of miles each year to remote sites to manually check simple metrics like air quality, tank levels, pipeline pressures, valve statuses, light fixtures, and more. It’s a cost and headache that they’re eager to avoid – but the data is too important to avoid or ignore. In fact, the more difficult the data is to capture, the more valuable it often is.
Remote-sensor monitoring through wireless networks is the obvious – and long-sought – alternative, but too many barriers have prevented wide-scale adoption. Chief among these roadblocks: power consumption. Solar-powered wireless gateways are still not cost-feasible for industrial applications. Battery-powered cellular devices are another option, but until recently the costs of carriers’ rigid consumer-focused data plans (and the expense of the devices themselves) made them suitable for only a small subset of applications. Low-power WiFi networks and internal batteries can provide some coverage, but they require RF and network engineers to design, install, and maintain – expertise that is in high demand.
The Tide Is Turning
Fortunately, we’re seeing important changes that are making low- or no-power remote monitoring easy and cost-effective. First, cellular operators are recognizing that $30-50/mo. consumer data plans are a non-starter in the industrial space. Some carriers are now offering data plans of as little as 250 KB and compelling configurations and bundles that have driven prices down to $1-3/mo. High-volume customers are even seeing sub-$1 pricing.
Device costs have also plunged. Cellular gateways are now less than $20 for 2G and 3G modules. Similar dynamics are likely in the LTE space soon. And as M2M-friendly LTE CAT standards take hold in the coming years, we’ll see lower device costs, lower operating costs, and longer battery life – all with no need for a local wireless network to carry backhaul traffic.
Ultimately, it means we’re now able to deploy the small-footprint, no/low-power remote-sensor network that skips the truck rolls, cuts the costs, and increases visibility across the company’s entire asset portfolio. The new Digi Connect Sensor battery-powered cellular gateway lets companies and agencies finally deploy a no-infrastructure remote monitoring solution in virtually any harsh or remote environment.
Here’s more about the features of the Digi Connect Sensor:
Flexible power sources – Use a long-lasting (two to three years), non-rechargeable battery, power-saving sleep mode, and the option to draw power external sources (including solar) while using the internal battery as a backup.
Cellular choice – For global connectivity, Connect Sensor supports 3G HSPA+ with 2G fallback. North American users can also choose an LTE CAT 1 version.
Supports LTE CAT 1 – With support for LTE CAT 1, the band specifically created for IoT and M2M communications, Connect Sensor devices are highly efficient, consume less power, and are optimized for data transfer.
Sensor variety and flexibility – Connect Sensor can work with virtually any 4/20mA, Analog Out, Digital Out, or Pulsed Output sensor, and can power multiple external sensors, eliminating the need for external supplies or batteries.
Enterprise-grade security – You can implement security at the device, transport, and platform level.
Appropriate for harsh environments – A weatherproof NEMA 4 enclosure protects your sensors from the elements. It also features ATEX Group 2 and UL Class 1 Division 2 ratings.
Interested in learning more? Here are a number of resources to get you started: