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Digi Employee Hackathon: Faludi Challenge

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.

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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?

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.

iDigi at the M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Named Best Horizontal Platform

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Update 1/30/2013

Yesterday, at Battle of the Platforms, iDigi brought home the award for Best Horizontal Platform for “ease of integration, acceptability across multiple vertical markets, reduced complexity, cost reduction and speed of deployment.” We enjoyed seeing and hearing about the innovative ideas and solutions our peers are creating, and we were excited share the latest features of the iDigi Platform. Here are two articles that provide details on the competition, participants and winners.

The Winner of the Battle of the Platforms at M2M Evolution Is…

Innovation in M2M Solutions on Display at Battle of the Platforms

“Digi, the victor of last year’s competition, updated the crowd on its iDigi solution. It is newly integrated with Saleforce, and this integration provides an impressive use case. If, for example, your hot tub malfunctions, it can send information through the Social Machine to Salesforce, and the dealer can dispatch a tech to your house. Everyone in this chain will have up-to-date information, and your spa may be fixed before you even know it is broken!”

Want to check out the platform for yourself? Sign up for iDigi, it’s free!

We’re excited to be attending the M2M Evolution Conference and Expo this week in Miami. The conference highlights how M2M technologies and the Internet of Things can be utilized to significantly improve business processes, minimize risk, spur innovation and drive revenue.

On Tuesday, January 29, we’ll be competing in Battle of The Platforms. Last year, we were thrilled to take first place as ”Best Overall Platform” in Battle of the Platforms, and we hope to do the same here in Miami.

Three judgesMike Sapien of Ovum, James Brehm of Compass Intelligence and Carl Ford of Crossfire Media will select six winners, one winner in each of the categories below in addition to naming the Overall Best Platform.

Platform Categories represented at Battle of the Platforms:

  • Enabling Independent Applications Developer to work with M2M devices – “Here we are looking at how third parties use APIs to manage information flow and connect to the users existing systems.”
  • Platform for best BI Controls Solutions - “Here we are looking at the ability to deliver thresholding and performance criteria in a manner that makes business decisions logical, simple and self evident as possible.”
  • Platform for Service Providers to support wholesale services – “Here we are looking at how the provisioning of M2M is streamlined and available for rapid deployment.”
  • Platform for Enterprise Deployment - “Here we are looking at the ability to partition and deliver specific solutions where the enterprise manages independent of the location of their equipment.”
  • Best Horizontal Platform- “Ease of integration, acceptability across multiple vertical markets, reduced complexity, cost reduction and speed of deployment.”

Will you be at the M2M Evolution Conference this week? We’d love to meet you in person. If you’re looking for real-time updates, we’ll be sharing photos, video and more here on the iDigi blog, Facebook and  Twitter. You can also follow M2MEvolution for updates and information.

WaveForum 2012 Recap

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We would like to thank our attendees, sponsors and presenters for making WaveForum Miami an event to remember. It was a great three days of insight and information on M2M solutions, wireless technology and device cloud connectivity. Here are just some of the many great moments from the event.

Looking to attend a future WaveForum conference? You can see locations and dates here. Have questions about how to get involved? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter.

Wireless Devices Answer the Call for Help via McKnight’s

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This article was written by Kelly Besecker, Vice President for Sales and Marketing at AFrame Digital and Steve Popovich, our Vice President of Business Development at Digi International.

As a result of rising medical costs and an increasing number of patients with chronic conditions, many senior living facilities are seeking wireless monitoring solutions for managing patients’ health in addition to life-safety. For all patients or residents, any change or decline in their condition needs to be detected as quickly as possible to allow for early intervention.

According to a study conducted by IMS Research, more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices will ship for consumer monitoring applications during the next five years. Such devices offer personalized care for a variety of health scenarios, including fall risks.

Falls are a major health risk. It is estimated that one in three persons over the age of 65 is likely to fall at least once a year. Personal emergency response systems can help by providing a “panic button” device that a senior can press if an accident occurs.  However, a 2008 study by the British Medical Journal found that 80% of people over the age of 90 who wore monitoring devices never pushed the alert button after a fall, either because they didn’t want to bother anyone or were unable to do so.  If a fall goes undetected, the results can be devastating for both the patient and the senior living facility.  Remaining on the floor, even for a few hours, can lead to problems such as dehydration, low body temperature and skin sores due to pressure. Additionally, senior living facilities can face the loss of revenue, lawsuits and license revocation if falls go undetected.

To prevent undetected falls, senior living facilities are now looking for solutions that feature a built-in accelerometer that measures movement and orientation, and can automatically sense falls. When a fall is detected, it sends an alert where it is deemed appropriate, such as a caregiver or nurse station. With automatic alerts, caregivers are able to act more quickly to provide assistance. In addition, automatic detection allows a trend to be developed over time that may indicate an increase in instability over time. If the system also determines the location of the resident, a pattern of difficulty with certain locations or time of day may emerge.

Of course, it is everyone’s goal to prevent falls before they happen. Most falls are associated with one or more identifiable risk factors such as weakness, confusion and certain medications. Research has shown that identification and attention to these risk factors can significantly reduce fall rates. Companies such as AFrame Digital have introduced technology that is designed to detect changes so medical personnel and caregivers can be alerted before a fall happens.

AFrame’s MobileCare™ Monitor system, a wrist watch-like device, wirelessly communicates a user’s motion and location data to a cloud-based monitoring and alerting system. The AFrame system’s capabilities include emergency call, impact detection, location tracking, along with activity and vitals tracking and trending. The solution uses ZigBee wireless technology, provided by Digi International, to connect to the network, and the iDigi Device cloud to make system management easy.

Read the Full Article on McKnight’s 

WaveForum 2012: Solutions, Experts and Answers

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We’ll be talking wireless technology, M2M solutions and device cloud connectivity at the seventh annual WaveForum this November in Miami, Florida. WaveForum brings together industry experts from around the world to share knowledge and experience. The three-day event will feature over 25 different sessions covering a variety of topics including:

  • Cloud Computing for M2M networks
  • RF Basics & Site Survey
  • Cellular Basics
  • XBee Platform
  • Mesh Networking
  • Embedded Wi-Fi
  • Satellite Solutions
  • Advanced Cellular Technology
  • Solutions and services for business efficiencies

We’d love for you to join us! 

WaveForum Asia
Nov. 7-8, 2012
Shenzhen, China

WaveForum
Nov. 28-30, 2012
Miami, FL, USA

WaveForum Latin America
Nov. 28-30, 2012
Miami, FL, USA

We even have a special discount for our online supporters. Use “WF12SM” at checkout for $100 off of your ticket. Register here.

Want to chat about the event? Follow updates and commentary: #WaveForum on Twitter and Facebook.

iDigi Web Services: Now Accessible to All

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We are always thinking about how to make iDigi more accessible. We are excited to announce a price reduction for iDigi Web Services, our device management and application development solution. We have lowered the monthly minimum fee for iDigi Web Services, from $50 to $1.99.

This price reduction will enable anyone to sign up for iDigi and experience the full capability of the cloud and test developer applications.

This reduction in price reflects our commitment to our customers and the continued growth of the iDigi Device Cloud. By making iDigi more accessible to our customers across all verticals and organization types, we’re able to drive the growth of the iDigi Community.

Current iDigi customers will notice the reduced price for the May billing period.

The iDigi Platform offers a number of web services that allow users and their applications to interact with iDigi and their devices.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

See all of our iDigi service Plans here.

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