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XBee Has a New Home

XBee has a New Home

XBee information has a new home! We’re always looking for ways to share information with our customers, so we’re excited to announce the launch of the revamped XBee resource center. This page has everything you need to know about XBee– how to connect to the cloud, choose the right module, and how to find example projects that will help get you started with XBee.

XCTU Computer

You can also check out what others are building with XBee, whether it be large-scale networks or a project from the XBee Gallery. And if you ever need help with your projects, you can contact an XBee expert by submitting your questions via the ‘Contact an Expert’ form.

Click here to visit the new page.

The Next Generation of XCTU

You may have heard there is a new version of XCTU available. We rebuilt it from the ground up and added a number of new features. Now, you can graphically diagram your ZigBee networks all from within the XCTU interface. You can even perform tests to determine your XBee’s range with the built in range test. And for all the Mac users out there, we should mention that XCTU is now compatible with OS X! Here’s a quick demo of the software in the video below:

The next generation of XCTU will make building your ZigBee networks a breeze. Want to get started? Head over here to download the latest version of XCTU.

The New Patient Experience: Internet Connectivity Creating Healthcare Anywhere

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Last week, healthcare and technology innovators from around the United States came together to experience the future of healthcare at the Mill City Innovation & Collaboration Center (ICC), a new space created to showcase technologies, evaluate usability in simulated environments  and conduct community and practice-based research. The “Healthcare Anywhere” event focused on how healthcare providers can use information technologies, mobile applications and the Internet of Things to generate patient data for real-time monitoring creating a completely new patient experience and transforming the way patients and their healthcare providers interact. Real world, commercial-ready applications included a wearable, Internet of Things demonstration by AFrame Digital and Digi International.

AFrame and Digi came together to demo of AFrame’s MobileCare™ Monitor system, a wrist watch-like device that wirelessly communicates a user’s motion and location data to a cloud-based monitoring and alert system. The 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 Device Cloud by Etherios to give providers an easy to use management portal.Health Monitoring on Tablet

The demonstration was installed in a simulated home environment to show attendees that data collection is a non-intrusive process.  AFrame Digital and Digi also demonstrated a patient app, intelligent mobile alerts and cloud-based care management tools that help seniors and patients stay safe at home, provide real-time feedback about a person’s health or well-being or give early warning when a person’s health begins to deteriorate.

“The Internet of Things paradigm is really about personalizing experiences,” said AFrame Digital’s Jill Thorpe, vice president for strategic initiatives. “Patient-generated data will influence healthcare the same way web navigation patterns and search criteria personalize consumer experiences on websites. We help healthcare providers leverage patient-generated data to personalize patient-directed content and enhance patient communication with their health care providers. Over time, combining sensor devices and patient-generated with powerful analytics and machine learning will help care providers get ahead of health problems before they become acute, enable more scalable care delivery models, and ultimately lead to better care and outcomes.”

“We believe that technology will reduce unnecessary face-to-face clinic visits, allowing physicians to see more patients and engage with their patients in new ways,” said Richard Tanler, Director of Mill City ICC. “Solutions offered by AFrame and Digi International are part of our hyper-connected world, that now includes apps for  managing our health and the health of loved ones.”

Panel Discussion

“Digi International’s products and services are used by our healthcare customers and OEMs to connect millions of devices in thousands of hospitals. The products and cloud services are being used to bridge the critical gap between healthcare information systems and a broad range of devices,” said Steve Popovich, vice president of global accounts, healthcare at Digi International. “We see new opportunities as healthcare devices become more mobile within traditional patient care facilities, for long term chronic illness monitoring and aging in place applications.”

In addition to live demos, the ICC hosted a roundtable dedicated to the topic. Panelists included representatives from Intel, Oracle, The Boston Consulting Group, and UnitedHealth Group and leaders from all local health systems represented in the audience.

The discussion included statements such as: 

“Right now, you’re collecting a lot of data and over the next few years, you’ll continue to share your behavioral footprint,” Deneen Vojta, UnitedHealth Group.

“Open data to entrepreneurs so they can create new ideas on new treatment models that will significantly open up new innovation,” Reid Oakes, Oracle.

“Reducing face to face visits by 40%. Reducing unnecessary face to face time to reduce scarcity,” Anurag Gupta, Boston Consulting Group.

“A visit starts in a different way today and in the future it could be done in a virtual space anytime anywhere at anytime,” Mark Blatt, Intel.

This event is the first of many expected at the ICC, and you can learn more about the center and upcoming events at: MillCityICC.org. The panel discussion will also be available. Stay tuned– we’ll be sharing it in the next two weeks.

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

Recommended Reading: The Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we do business, collect information and live our lives. We’ve compiled a growing list of recommended books that will get you (or keep you) at the forefront of the inception and growth of the IoT.

We’ll be updating this list with your suggestions and newly released books on a regular basis.

Update: January 24, 2013

M2M Communications: A Systems Approach by David Boswarthick, Omar Elloumi, Olivier Hersent

The Internet of Things: Key Applications and Protocols by David Boswarthick, Omar Elloumi, Olivier Hersent

Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet by Jean-Philippe Vasseur & Adam Dunkels

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication services: High-impact Technology – What You Need to Know: Definitions, Adoptions, Impact, Benefits, Maturity, Vendors by Kevin Roebuck

LEGO and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics by John Baichtal, Matthew Beckler, Adam Wolf

—March 26, 2012 

Building Wireless Sensor Networks by Rob Faludi

Getting Started with the Internet of Things: Connecting Sensors and Microcontrollers to the Cloud by Cuno Pfister

Making Things Talk: Using Sensors, Networks, and Arduino to see, hear, and feel your world by Tom Igoe

Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts

Programming Interactivity by Joshua Noble

Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling

ZigBee Wireless Sensor and Control Network by Ata Elahi

Smart Things: Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design by Mike Kuniavsky

Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Adam Greenfield

What have you read lately? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us your suggestions for the list.

O’Reilly Strata Data Sensing Lab– A Wireless Sensor Networking Success

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The Data Sensing Lab at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference in New York was a great success! The team: Alasdair Allan of Babilim Light IndustriesRob Faludi of Digi InternationalMatt Wood of Amazon Web Services and Brian Jepson and Julie Steele of O’Reilly Media successfully deployed a mesh network of sensors throughout the conference that collected data on light, temperature, humidity, sound and motion. This data will be combined with data sets about utilization of the wireless network, stop-motion video of the rooms and other realtime conference information.

Digi’s part in the lab was to assemble a network of 40 XBee ZigBee radio sensor nodes to carry data gathered on the Arduino microcontroller platform to the Internet via a single ConnectPort X2e running the XBee Internet Gateway. The XIG automatically posts everything to the iDigi Device Cloud, which pushed it along via Amazon Web Services to a team of visualization experts for analysis. The entire system was put together from scratch, including enclosures that were 3D-printed on site, in under a week’s time.

Here’s Rob Faludi’s interview with Mac Slocum talking about Digi’s involvement in the Sensing Lab, the future of M2M and the Internet of Things. As Rob explains, the Data Sensing Lab started as a “grand experiment.”

The initial data release from the Data Sensing Lab  is available now. As Alasdair Allan explained, “At the moment it’s just the environmental data, but go do something awesome with it, tell us about it, and we’ll tell the world…”

What’s next? Keep an eye out for a full documentary and workbook from O’Reilly Media on our experience of building and deploying the first Data Sensing Lab at Stata New York. We’ll be sure to share as more data and materials are available! You can also see updates from the whole Data Sensing Lab here on the Google+ Page.

Next Generation ZigBee Smart Energy Gateway and iDigi, Making the World a Greener Place

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Have you heard? This week marks the release of the Next Generation ZigBee Smart Energy Gateway, the ConnectPort X2e. You might be wondering, what does this mean for me? For the industry?

The X2e provides a simpler path for innovators to create devices that make our world a greener place– both for homes and businesses. Now these systems can be rolled out to a wide user base while increasing ROI.

“These lower cost gateways provide a faster adoption pathway to the iDigi Device Cloud, which makes building robust energy applications easy,” explains iDigi CTO Joel Young.

The newest addition to the ZigBee family, the ConnectPort X2e, is an economical and enhanced version of the ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband. Additional memory and processing power for over-the-air updates make it easier to establish and maintain large Smart Energy device deployments.

All Smart Energy gateways feature the iDigi Device Cloud, allowing the devices to easily and securely integrate energy consumption data, such as energy use on a per-home basis, into new and existing applications. The ConnectPort X2e for Smart Energy automatically connects to the iDigi Device Cloud for easy installation and management of connected devices and is programmable in iDigi’s application framework.

The ConnectPort X2e’s additional processing power allows support for more complex local energy efficiency applications, and the increased memory enables support for the impending ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 standard. The gateway also runs the open platform Linux operating system.

Want to get involved? Interested in making your own smart energy device? Here’s more information on ZigBee.

What energy smart devices and data consumption information would you be interested in seeing?

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