MINNETONKA, Minn. (Nov. 6, 2008) - Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today introduced the Digi Transport family of enterprise class, multi-function cellular routers. Certified by Verizon Wireless in the U.S., Digi Transport routers feature advanced routing, state-of-the-art security and integrated primary DSL and backup cellular interfaces. The routers also feature synchronous protocol support for retail and financial devices such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and lottery machines. The Digi Transport family was developed using technology gained through the acquisition of UK-based Sarian Technologies, a leader in high-end cellular routers in Europe.
"There is now a significant market need for ADSL backup given that enterprises are increasingly relying upon broadband for most of their communication," said Arun Nirmal, senior research analyst for Frost & Sullivan. "Enterprises cannot afford to be cut off and need to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction and consistent stream of revenue. Sarian's WR-41 [Digi Transport WR in the U.S. and APAC] represents a reliable continuity plan, allowing enterprises to utilize high-speed mobile networks in the event of a fixed-line problem and most importantly to continue conducting business efficiently."
Verizon Wireless is the first carrier to certify the Digi Transport family in North America. Anthony Lewis, vice president for open development at Verizon Wireless, said, "Digi Transport routers stand ready to fulfill a clear demand for enterprise class cellular connectivity. Coupled with our high-speed wireless network, Digi Transport routers provide an ideal solution for both remote primary and backup enterprise applications. Digi certified its technology through our new open development business. This new business unit encourages the development and certification of innovative products, applications and services. We have a long relationship with Digi and look forward to expanding that relationship in the future."
"Digi Transport routers expand our cellular product line and allow us to address new market opportunities within point of sale, financial, transportation and lottery industries by adding a group of advanced routing solutions," said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International. "Digi Transport routers provide all of the benefits of an enterprise-class network router, but with the unique addition of integrated cellular connectivity. This allows remote locations to maintain critical network connection, even when a primary connection fails."
While Digi's existing ConnectPort™ WAN and Digi Connect® WAN cellular router families are well suited for remote device management and telemetry applications, Digi Transport products offer a new level of routing capabilities ideal for enterprise-class applications. The Digi Transport family includes the Digi Transport WR, Digi Transport DR and Digi Transport SR. All models offer advanced routing and firewall/security features including stateful firewall inspection and integrated VPN. Enterprise-class protocols include BGP, OSPF and VRRP+, a Sarian patented technology that builds upon the popular VRRP fail-over standard which provides true auto sensing, auto failure and auto recovery of any line drop. All products also offer serial, USB and Ethernet interfaces.
The Digi Transport WR is extremely flexible with options including multiple synchronous/asynchronous ports, GPS, an I/O port and more. The Digi Transport DR focuses on a "branch-in-a-box" strategy with primary and back-up connectivity all-in-one, including a four-port Ethernet switch, integrated DSL, Wi-Fi and PSTN modem options. The Digi Transport SR includes an integrated Ethernet switch, synchronous/asynchronous ports and an optional PSTN modem for failovers. Digi Transport routers also feature remote management software for easy setup, configuration, reporting and monitoring of large installations. The routers also support a custom scripting development platform allowing users to easily create applications running directly in the router.
Digi Transport trial units are available now. Full availability begins in Q4 in the Americas and Asia Pacific region with shipments starting in early November. The Digi Transport WR starts at $495 MSRP, the Digi Transport DR at $995 MSRP and the Digi Transport SR at $895 MSRP. Sarian branded products will continue to be sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For more information about Digi Transport, visit http://www.digi.com/products/cellulargateways/.
About Digi International
Digi International, the leader in device networking for business, develops reliable products and technologies to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit Digi's Web site at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444.
About Verizon Wireless
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