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This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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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Many of us can’t be at home to sign for packages when they arrive, and the outdated delivery-release notes have become an invitation for criminals looking for easy thefts.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 >>.

Digi XBees Work to Transform Package Delivery with Connected Lockers

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How many times have you missed an anticipated package delivery only to wait days for that one moment when the stars align and the delivery comes while your home? Or maybe that special moment never comes, and the package you’ve been waiting for is returned to its sender.

SmartBox Co., Ltd. is revolutionizing the distribution industry to solve that problem. The company, founded in 2013 and headquartered in Seoul, Korea, manufactures the “SmartBox,” a high-tech locker that applies IoT technology for unattended parcel delivery. It’s the world’s first Internet of Things-based delivery locker. And unlike traditional kiosk lockers, the SmartBox is more convenient, independent, and economical.

SmartBoxWhen parcel arrives, the delivery-person enters a mobile number and places the package in a secure locker. The recipient gets an SMS message with a password to open the secure locker.

Using Digi XBee® wireless modules and gateways, SmartBox can work with either unmanned delivery destinations or traditional lockers. Each SmartBox locker is equipped with an XBee module that provides connectivity and intelligence to permit/forbid access to lockers based on single-use codes. A single Digi XBee gateway carries backhaul traffic to SmartBox’s operations center where lockers can be monitored and maintained centrally. That gateway also sends SMS notifications to package recipients. More than 3,000 SmartBox lockers have been installed in apartments, college dormitories, public offices, office buildings, and subway stations across South Korea and Japan.

Interested in learning more about SmartBox and how the lockers utilize Digi XBee modules?

Read the full case study here >>

This Week in the Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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Throwback: Machine Pours A Drink Every Time the U.S. Wins a Medal
Andrew and his team are active members in the maker community and huge fans of the Olympic Games, both of which motivated them to create the Patriotic Party Machine. Watch how this system is able to pour a victorious drink using Digi XBee.

Digi’s DIY Restroom Monitoring System
How many times have you walked all the way to the restroom only to find out it is being occupied? Well, a few Digi XBee experts collaborated to create a door sensor and a web app monitor system to verify the vacancy of the restrooms. Check out below the humorous, yet very practical use of technology. 20160805_155409 - Sized

Ben Heck’s Hackbot Wars Part 1: Assembly
Ben, Felix, and Karen are preparing for a Nintendo Mario Kart-like battle on this week’s episode of The Ben Heck’s Show. In this first episode, each robot is meticulously assembled and a customized remote controller is created. Watch the video below to learn how ‘The Kitten’ operates with Digi XBee during Flex’s Conner (12:30).

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This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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This Temporary Tattoo Monitors Your Alcohol Level and Informs Your Phone
Discover more about the unique sticker tattoos designed at the University of California that cold help raise alcohol awareness to you (and your phone!)

Breaking Through the RF Clutter: Innovations in Spread Spectrum Technology
Wireless communication systems provide speedy and extraordinary advantages to staying on top of mission-critical situations in less than ideal environments. Read Digi Punch2 Technology to compare long-range vs. traditional radios in interference immunity over long distances in highly congested and noisy environments.

Introducing the Dig ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL
The saying ‘big things come in small packages’ remains true with the new Digi ConnectCore® 6 UL, a versatile and industrial-grade system-on-module the size of a postage stamp. Watch production manager Mike Rohrmoser introduce the characteristics this system-on-module holds to bring your projects and products to market faster, smarter, and more secure.

This Smart Pen Lets You Scan the World for Color and Custom Mix Any Ink Shade
M2M is one thing, but M2M with an artistic twist is another. Take for example smart pens, an incredible tool that could allow artists to choose any color it contacts simply by scanning it with the tip of the pen. Can you imagine what George Seurat or Claude Monet would have done with these tools during the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism eras?!

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This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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Smart Stitches Send Doctors Information on Wounds as They Heal
Modern medicine has come a long way thanks to IoT, and researchers at Tufts University who are working towards pushing the limits even further with the development of “smart stitches”. Learn how these “smart stitches” are designed to close wounds while simultaneously updating doctors on the healing progress.

7-Eleven delivers by drone in Reno including, yes, Slurpees
Are you thirsty but it’s too hot to walk to the nearest 7-Eleven? Well, read how you can have slushies, donuts, and more delivered to your door step courtesy of the first delivery drone built by tech company, Flirtey.

Developing Blockly for Propeller: Our Team Includes Three Student Interns Who’ve Progressed Quickly
In addition to helping develop the Blockly for Propeller demo system; these teenage geniuses have been working hard on a few projects of their own. Check out Blake’s Intruder Alert system he made using Digi XBee, Roxy’s M&M Color Identifying robotics project, and watch Carson’s 0.95” OLED in action.

BuzzCloud Wants to Take the Sting Out of Urban Beekeeping With Its iBuzzHive
With Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) on the rise, even the honeybees are taking to IoT in hopes to make beekeeping possible (and painless) in Urban environments. Watch how BuzzCloud plans to use 3D-printing and IoT to save the troubled population of these important pollinators:

Facebook’s Internet-Broadcasting Drone Takes to the Skies for the First Time
In effort to increase internet access across the world, Facebook built a solar powered, lightweight, 42 m wide drone named Aquila. See for yourself how Facebook designed Aquila to stay airborne for 90 consecutive days.

This Week in The Internet of Things: Friday Favorites

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The robotic gripper built by high school graduates, Sam Baumgarten and Graham Hughes, use Digi XBee for transmitting singles from the control glove to the gripper. Watch below the impressive robot gripper in action.

DIY Sleep Apnea Monitoring
With hundreds of people suffering from sleep apnea everyday, we can all appreciate Marc Merlin’s Sleep Apnea Monitoring rig that collects data through Digi XBee. Although we do not endorse Digi DIY projects, we are very impressed with Merlin’s dedication and research.

Vodafone IoT Barometer: 76% Of Businesses Say Internet of Things Will Be Critical To Future Success
Studies show IoT is even more significant to business success with these seven key insights to prove it.

Connected Healthcare: Internet of Things Examples in Health Care
The IoT influence in the healthcare industry is not only changing lives but saving them as well by adjustable patient monitoring, enhanced drug management, augmented asset monitoring and tracking, early intervention and so much more. Visit Cardiauvergne to learn more about how the remote healthcare monitoring system came to life with Digi ConnectPort.

Digi Int’l XBee SX RF Module | Digi-Key Daily
Digi-Key created this informational video to highlight how Digi XBee SX makes long range communication possible by using low power consumption. Visit the official Digi XBee SX product page to learn more about the design and software.

Is Your JTAG Debug Port Vulnerable to Hackers?

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In most Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, it’s good practice to authenticate anyone trying to access your device – typically through the Ethernet, WiFi, or other network protocol. But there’s a more subtle, and dangerous, way to get into your device: through a JTAG debug port. If someone gains physical access, he can create much more havoc because JTAG takes you to the low-level heart of a board or chip, where an expert hacker can take complete low-level control of the system – even replacing firmware with a rogue code.

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In this contributed article for Embedded Computing Design, Digi’s Mike Rohrmoser explains the pluses and minuses of the use of Secure JTAG keys. Regardless of the approach you choose, Digi TrustFence™ security framework includes tools for manufacturing and maintenance, including Secure JTAG.


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