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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

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.

iDigi Announces Europe Device Cloud

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As an international company, we are dedicated to delivering scalability, reliability, security and an overall exceptional user experience to our broad base of customers around the globe.

That’s why we are excited to announce the launch of the iDigi Europe Device Cloud, our London-based cloud environment (datacenter).

Now, iDigi Device Cloud customers can choose which device cloud location is best for them – Chicago or London, when creating their iDigi Device Cloud account. By storing data at the cloud closest to where the majority of devices are registered to iDigi, customers benefit from minimal latency and optimized M2M application performance.


The iDigi Europe Device Cloud was built with international needs in mind, not least EU data legislation that requires data to be kept within the borders of the EU. As such, EU-based customers are now able to take advantage of a cloud solution that facilitates data compliance.

Supporting our global customer base is an integral part of the iDigi roadmap plans are in place to deploy further device clouds in key regions around the world.

If you already have an iDigi Device Cloud account and would like to switch from the US Cloud to the Europe Cloud, please contact iDigi Sales Operations at sarah.coulter@digi.com. All iDigi Developer accounts are hosted on the US Device Cloud.

Connect, Monitor and Control Any Device from Anywhere

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The XBee Internet Gateway 1.4 allows you to monitor and control any device from anywhere using the Internet and the iDigi Cloud. The current version runs on Digi’s ConnectPort line of gateways and is intended for easy prototyping of sensing and control solutions. ConnectPorts are small devices that attach local networks of XBee radios to the Internet using Ethernet, WiFi, cellular data radios, even global satellites.

This latest version of The XBee Internet Gateway has some outstanding new capabilities that you can see here.

Here’s a helpful video that Jordan Husney put together to get you started. In the video, he explains how to send “AT” formatted configuration commands that read sensors attached to remote XBee radios and remotely trigger switches, lights, motors or other actuators. He uses the iDigi Device Cloud environment (free for developers) to send and receive information. These commands can also be sent directly from programs you write yourself:

Remote AT Commands via the iDigi Device Cloud using the XBee Internet Gateway (XIG)

Supplies you’ll need:
power cord
ethernet cable
ConnectPort X2 device
IP Address for ConnectPort X2
iDigi Developer Account

Full user documentation: Google Code 

What is a Device Cloud (architecturally speaking)?

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A cloud can best be illustrated as a stack of layers that work in concert to provide the end-user the desired result.  If you conduct a search on “cloud computing” you will find many different graphical representations.  There are many interpretations.  However, there is a common thread in all the different representations of the cloud.  You will consistently find the presence of 3 distinct layers: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  For the purposes of this topic we will use the following illustration:

Generalized Cloud Stack

Although the exact structure of any cloud stack will vary from implementation to implementation, this illustration provides a generalized guide.  Each layer of the stack is further segmented by additional layers that represent the core functions.  SaaS typically includes an application, data and the presentation or User Interface.  The PaaS includes application programming interfaces or API’s, Middleware, and Integration of services.  The IaaS includes the data center or facilities, wide area network access and hardware and related hardware management software.

As previously mentioned, the adoption of the internet has largely been driven by human-oriented applications.  Therefore, the generalized cloud stack architecture is representative and has quite obviously and subsequently been influenced by the “people network.”   But what about the “Internet of Things”, or devices?  Does the traditional cloud stack work effectively for device or M2M networks?  The answer is: Partially.

For the cloud architecture to be effective for delivery of services for M2M networks, we must extend the traditional cloud stack to include the local device network stack.  In the device network, a stack much like the layers that exist in the cloud stack, exists.

The local device network stack includes the end-device, which can be a sensor or an adaptor, the local network (connectivity), and a method for aggregating and/or transforming data; and connecting to the Internet.  A Gateway is a common way to provide the latter functions.

Network of Things Stack

The Internet of Things will largely be enabled through this architecture.  The primary reason is cost.  Through the virtualization of many of the layers, but not all, within the stack; cost can be driven down to levels not achievable with enterprise application architectures.

So what is the Device Cloud?  Perspective is key.  It extends the traditional cloud stack to include the device network stack.  Thinking of it this way can lead you to many possible conclusions regarding the creation and delivery of cloud “services.”  More on that next time…

Device Cloud Stack


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