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Digi Enables almerys’ Critical Cardiology Telehealth Application in France (M2M Now Magazine Case Study)

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“We wanted to be up and running quickly and Digi provided us with the rapid development environment we needed. Its solutions were easily integrated into our IT platform. The solution was ready in less than two months, and enabled us to get to the market quickly.” – Robert Boualit, health services director at almerys

Heart failure is the leading cause of emergency hospitalization in patients over 60 years old. For those suffering from heart disease, changes in body weight are a crucial indicator of their health and response to treatment. Remote monitoring for patient weight “warning signs” can avert emergency hospitalization, improves the health of patients and has massive cost-saving implications for health care systems worldwide.

Digi and almerys, a subsidiary of Orange Business Services, have helped develop and implement a cardiology telehealth pilot project in the Auvergne region of France. The Cardiauvergne project, which utilizes Digi’s ConnectPort® X3, Digi TransPort® 41 and Device Cloud by Etherios™, performs in-home monitoring to collect a patient’s weight data daily, and transfers it quickly and securely to a medical co-ordination unit where medical decisions are made.

Since the Cardiauvergne project began in September 2011, 315 patients have been monitored and 600 health crises have been averted. This is just one example of how Digi is improving patient care by connecting critical devices – see our Medical Brochure to learn more about how Digi and Etherios are expanding the mobility and frequency of patient health care.

Digi hosts 500 Sensors & Three Days of Data: The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O

The webinar “500 Sensors & Three Days of Data: The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O” discussed the 500 sensor-node network and the data the network collected at Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, as part of The Data Sensing Lab. The sensor data was collected by Device Cloud and can be accessed through the Google Cloud Platform. The platforms worked together seamlessly to collect more than 500,000 data points per hour for three days during Google I/O.

The webinar was hosted by three presenters who each played a role in the project:
Rob Faludi, Chief Innovator & Data Sensing Lab team member
Julie Steele, Content Editor & Data Sensing Lab team member
Michael Manoochehri, Developer Programs Engineer at Google

You can see the recording of the webinar below.

We also wanted to follow up on some of your questions that we didn’t get to answer during the webinar.

Q: What options are available to connect the Gateway to the Device Cloud?
A: Digi’s ConnectPort gateways typically connect to Device Cloud over the Internet using a secure TCP connection. Ethernet, Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite interfaces are available.

Q: Is there a specific commercial application in the market or any industry?
A: Distributed sensor networks are widely used in commercial real estate, agricultural and industrial monitoring.
Here’s some more use cases:
Railroad
Electric Utility
Medical

Q: Do you plan to make the circuit diagram of the Arduino based sensor available to the public?
A: All currently published DIY assets from the Data Sensing Lab are available online here.

Q: Can Device Cloud accept any data format?
A: Device Cloud can accept arbitrary data into files, so in theory this could support any needed format.

Q: Is there any open-source solution available for running a local (sandboxed) version of Device Cloud?
A: Device Cloud runs on a specialized suite of servers. It is not currently available as a local application.

Q: What kind/count of gateways were used to bridge the sensors to the databases?
A: The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O used 20 ConnectPort X2e gateways to bring sensor data into Device Cloud. A multiple gateway strategy was very important because no on-site testing could be done before the event, so we used a highly conservative network topology to provide redundancy and ensure complete coverage.

Q: What kind of method does Device Cloud use for Push notification? HTTP POST, email, FTP, custom socket…?
A: Currently HTTP and TCP transport methods are available.

Q: What kind of security do you provide for data stored in Device Cloud and what kind of security implemented for managing devices in network?
A: There are over 175 security controls! Read more on our site here.

Q: What do I need to get started? [sensors… a microcontroller…a device cloud account…]
A: One easy way to get started is with a Digi Gateway Development Kit. There’s also maker-oriented XBee Internet Gateway software that you could use to roll your own kit.

Other questions? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

Webinar: 500 Sensors & Three Days of Data, The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O

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The webinar “500 Sensors & Three Days of Data: The Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O” discussed the 500 sensor-node network and the data the network collected at Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, as part of The Data Sensing Lab. The sensor data was collected by 500 motes with XBees, 20 ConnectPort Gateways and Device Cloud. The data can be accessed through the Google Cloud Platform. The platforms worked together seamlessly to collect more than 500,000 data points per hour for three days during Google I/O.

The webinar was hosted by three presenters who each played a role in the project:
Rob Faludi, Chief Innovator & Data Sensing Lab team member
Julie Steele, Content Editor & Data Sensing Lab team member
Michael Manoochehri, Developer Programs Engineer at Google

You can see the recording of the webinar below.

Questions? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

The Internet of Things: Cloud Connected Devices Built on Freescale

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

Digi Employee Hackathon: Faludi Challenge

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Every summer, Digi engineering managers come together for a week at our headquarters in Minnetonka, MN. Rob Faludi, Chief Innovator at Digi, thought this would be a perfect opportunity to put a new product, the XBee wifi, to the test and gain feedback on how our products can be improved for customers. So, on June 11, we had a Digi employee hackathon to see what projects we could come up with, gain a better understanding of our products’ usability, and have some fun along the way.

Rob Faludi said,”Engineers learn best with their hands so I thought it would be fun for them to get to know a new product by actually using it to build something. We knew two hours wasn’t much time to envision, design, build and test an entire M2M solution. They’d be pushing the boundaries, but I also knew how Digi’s engineering managers are an astonishingly talented bunch. We were not disappointed!”

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Unlike “traditional” hackathons, the teams worked on the projects from Tuesday afternoon until Thursday– mostly during their own time, after all we still had a lot of work to do. Then, each team was given three minutes to pitch their project. Submissions were judged by Digi’s CTO, Joel Young.

Who won? Drum roll please…

The winning team was made up of Barbara Chryst, Ed Gordon, Barb Jordan, Mike Zarns, Brad Cole, Adam Dirstine and Liz Presson. It should be noted that due to creative differences, Don Schleede, defected from the team in order to pursue his own project.

The winning project was a system set up to detect anyone stealing food from the buffet table outside of the conference room. An infrared sensor was placed outside of the room in order to detect anyone lingering around the food table. Not only do the food thieves trigger a flashing red alarm in the conference room, but a picture of the perpetrator is taken and posted to the Twitter account @FoodThieves.

FoodThieves Architecture

Other projects included a sensor in a coaster that measured the level of beer and temperature in a glass. The information was then tied to a web application that would tell the user the temperature as well as the amount of beer. An automatic “Mmmm beer” sounded when the temperature of a full beer was just right.

Hackathon2

Dave Olson’s project connected a car to The Social Machine. Once a car is test driven a post is sent to Salesforce and a chatter post is created. This may useful if an automobile dealer wants to track the number of times a car has been driven or even identify trends in sales data within Salesforce.

While some fun projects came out of the hackathon, we also learned a lot by putting ourselves in your shoes. We asked ourselves: what works, what doesn’t and what can we make better?

Digi Device Cloud Managing 500-Node Network at Google I/O

It’s an exciting week as we are taking part in deploying over 500 sensor motes at Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, May 15-17. The network will make up the Data Sensing Lab, a project that utilizes Digi’s XBee ZigBee modules and ConnectPort wireless gateways. The sensor data will be collected and managed by Device Cloud. The project demonstrates how real-time machine-to-machine data can provide insight into customer behaviors and preferences.

The senor network will provide more than 4,000 data streams running over Device Cloud with continuous updates on temperature, pressure, light, air quality, motion and noise levels in San Francisco’s Moscone Center during the conference.  The Google Cloud Platform team will gather, transform, and analyze the information, then share heat maps and other data visualizations in collaboration with the Google Maps team.

“Google is getting a global view of their entire multi-million dollar event, as it plays out in real time. They’re learning where people are going and when, how loud the applause is for each presentation, where it’s figuratively hot and where it’s literally cool,” Rob said. “But they’re also learning how easy it is to integrate Device Cloud’s APIs with their own cloud-based business systems. Google and Digi collaborated to create a complete end-to-end solution in just a few weeks, one that’s ready to hand us 40 million fascinating data points.”

The Data Sensing Lab crew, Alasdair Allan of Babilim Light Industries, Kipp Bradford of Kippworks, Rob Faludi of Digi International, Michael Manoochehri, Amy Unruh and Kim Cameron of Google and Julie Steele of O’Reilly Media, created the project to collect data to answer questions about the physical world in a fun and awe-inspiring way.

For more information about the software involved in this project, attend the “Behind the Data Sensing Lab” session on May 16, 5:20 – 6 p.m. PDT.  You can find live updates from the conference on Digi’s Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and updates from the Data Sensing Lab team on Google+ and Twitter.

Read more about the Data Sensing Lab:

Google I/O sensors will detect motion and generate data for real-time visualization on Gigaom

At its conference, Google will be tracking your every step on Venture Beat

Data Sensing Lab at Google I/O 2013: Google Cloud Platform meets the Internet of Things on Google’s Developer Blog

iDigi Becomes Device Cloud by Etherios

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As you may have noticed, we’ve made some changes. While change can be tough, it can also be exciting– and this is one change that we’re thrilled to share. iDigi is now Device Cloud. This new branding emphasizes that Device Cloud works with any manufacturers’ hardware. And, we’re adding the cloud experience and expertise of Etherios.

Etherios, which is a new division of Digi International, is a Salesforce.com Cloud Alliance Platinum Partner and a widely recognized cloud computing services provider. The [self proclaimed] “Etherians” help organizations realize and implement their cloud strategy.

With the new brand, we’re working to emphasize that Device Cloud is the easiest, smartest and sleekest way for organizations to connect devices to applications with any hardware– ours or any other manufacturers’.

We know what you’re wondering– what’s going to change?
In addition to the new name, you’ll notice a new logo and color scheme. The platform will continue to offer device-agnostic management, data streaming, open application programming interfaces (APIs) and state-of-the-art security features. It’s our mission: any app, anything, any where, accelerated.

Rebranded Platform

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The iDigi Connector is now Etherios Cloud Connector. If you don’t already know, Cloud Connector is a free software download that enables connection of any device, regardless of manufacturer or operating system, to Device Cloud. This enables access to the device from any application. Cloud Connector even runs on low-cost microprocessors without an operating system.

Questions? Let us know in the comments section below, or reach us on Facebook or Twitter.

Read the press release here.

Digi Mass Transit Control System at Embedded World 2013

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Control systems for a bus are simulated in this Digi mass transit demo using Intelligent System Framework-ready hardware from Portwell and Kontron based on the Intel® Atom™ processor and running the Android* OS.

One system displays the driver operator panel, and the second system provides passenger information such as bus stop locations, as well as static and video advertising sponsored by nearby businesses. A camera connected to the driver operator panel also provides a simulated view of the passenger area with recording options for additional passenger and personnel security purposes. The systems share data, such as current bus location, route and arrival information over the iDigi Device Cloud and show the delivery of mass transit passenger-oriented services via Intel mobile phones and tablets.