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Summit Envirosolutions Streamlines Data Processes with Wireless Sensors and Digi

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At our Global IoT Conference earlier this year, we sat down with local consulting firm Summit Envirosolutions to discuss the sophisticated, yet simple, information systems that gather and evaluate critical environmental data used to provide more insightful recommendations.

Focusing specifically on cultural, environmental and water resources, Summit resource management teams help clients better follow regulatory guidelines at local, state, and federal levels. John Dustman, a hydrogeologist with Summit, shared how everything from agriculture and mining to food processing and municipal supplies use our most valuable resource, water. This requires a certain level understanding, of course, but also demonstrates that groundwater can still be a big mystery to many. To find out more, watch the video:

With over 20 years of experience developing groundwater visualization tools, Summit combines the power of environmental science with data management tools to monitor the quality of water – and to enhance our understanding of physical, biological, and chemical relationships. Summit was also a collaborative developer of AQUILYTICS, software that uses continuous water level and flow rate data to perform hydrogeological tasks that were previously unavailable in any other software program.

Summit developed a protocol for acquiring telemetric data, and created an environmental/water supply database and corresponding graphical user interface to enable instantaneous access, querying, graphing and GIS visualization. “It’s like an MRI for a water well,” said Dustman, “and the ROI is almost immediate from a couple of perspectives.”

>> Read the full Summit customer success story to see how they streamlined the data collection process with Digi Connect Sensor+.

FEFEL Develops Smart Foodservice Solution

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An innovative Swiss company, FELFEL, has changed the way their employees eat at work with access to high-quality food on-demand. FELFEL developed a complete, innovative solution that enables employees to choose from fresh and affordable meal options such as “Pollo alla Siciliana” or “Satay Chicken Noodles” instead of boring or non-nutritious meals. Employees can access these meals by simply scanning their badge to unlock the wooden cased refrigerator, selecting their item to scan, and can their manage account details through a web application.

To design its food service solution, they chose the Digi ConnectCore 6 single-board computer to speed time to market by eliminating the traditional risk, effort and complexity of custom board designs without sacrificing flexibility or capabilities. “Many companies in Switzerland are in isolated office parks or remote areas, and the options are limited to vending machines,” said Fah Yik Yong, tech developer at FELFEL. “It all starts with great food choices, of course. But we also wanted to create a custom solution that delivers fresh food with a unique user experience.”

Using 4G LTE technology, FELFEL can pre-plan inventory using real time data that is sent to a central location at its headquarters. This innovative food service solution has already been installed in over 80 locations across Switzerland and Liechtenstein with plans to continue to expand.

>>Read the full customer success story here.

i.MX6 Ultra Lite Demos for Building Low-Power Connected Applications

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To help designers and engineers effectively build low power IoT applications with cloud connectivity Digi experts Martin and Andreas have provided two demonstrations to highlight low power applications using Digi ConnectCore 6 and 6UL system-on-module solutions featuring the NXP i.MX6 and i.MX6 UL applications processors. Cloud connectivity capabilities and a fully integrated, tested, and complete Linux device security framework are important features to consider when choosing a SOM platform.

Digi ConnectCore for i.MX6UL Cloud Connectivity
This demo shows an interesting application running on the certified Microsoft Azure Cloud to show facial recognition and to analyze emotion. Using a temperature sensor, small display screen, and USB camera captures a picture of our Field Applications Engineer Manager, Martin Shulte-Hobein, and wirelessly sends it to the cloud to be analyzed for emotion.

Build Low Power Applications with Digi ConnectCore for i.MX6UL
Watch this demonstration of the unique low power capabilities of the ConnectCore 6UL SBC, the ConnectCore 6UL SOM, and its integrated Microcontroller Assist. Digi Solution Sales Expert, Andreas Burghart, shows the efficiency of power saving suspense mode, instant wake-up, and support for external event triggers which are all key features for building low-power applications.

>>Design and build your connected products on an industrial Single Board Computer platform today with the Digi ConnectCore 6UL Development Kit.

Yocto Project for Embedded Systems Design

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Choosing an operating system (OS) for an embedded system is one of the most complex and critical tasks. It has significant long-term ramifications that affect both development and the market success of a product. There are several factors that make choosing a Linux-based OS a smart choice such as:

  • acquisition cost
  • source code availability
  • broad architecture support

These factors lead to a significantly improved time-to-market and a reduction in platform design risk and effort. However, choosing a specific Linux-based OS can be confusing.

Many ask: “With so many Linux-based platforms available in the market, why use the Yocto Project instead of a standard non-embedded binary distribution such as Debian or Ubuntu?”

Alex González, Digi software engineering supervisor, is a leading authority on Embedded Linux platforms and the author of Embedded Linux Projects Using Yocto Project Linux. In Digi’s latest technical brief, Yocto Project: The Right Choice for Embedded Systems Design, Alex provides an overview and answer to that fundamental question.

The Yocto Project is often described as an umbrella project, that is, a group of different open source projects hosted by the Linux Foundation that come together to collaborate on tools, best practices and software to help create custom Linux-based embedded operating system platforms.

Download the full technical brief here >>

Digi System on Module and Avancen Enhance Oral Pain Medication Delivery

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avacen1-smOn a daily basis hospital staff members are outnumbered by patients, which results in heavy workloads and delayed tasks. This has become an agonizing issue when it involves delivering oral pain medication to a patient that is suffering, because as we all know, a minute in pain actually feels like 10 minutes. Even under optimal conditions it can take an average of 10 plus minutes after pressing the call button for a patient to receive painkilling medication.
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This is what inspired Avancen to create the world’s first wireless, patient controlled analgesia (PCA) device called Medication on Demand (MOD®). The MOD® is equipped with the Digi RCM6600W system-on-module (SOM) for built-in intelligence, programmability and WiFi connectivity. This FDA approved device is used in hospitals and clinics saving time and making patients more comfortable in hospitals and clinics across the country.

Read more about the Avancen success story here>>

The Next Big Thing Is Smaller: Introducing the Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL

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Digi is excited to announce the smallest and most secure i.MX6UL system-on-module available on the market today. The Digi ConnectCore® for i.MX6UL packs a lot into this stamp-sized module (29mm x 29mm x 3.5mm):

NXP i.MX6UL-2, Cortex-A7 @528MHz processor
Up to 2GB NAND Flash
Pre-certified for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Integrated dual-Ethernet 10/100
Dedicated security and authentication controller
Unique low-power and wake-up state management

System-on-modules, or SOMs, are an affordable way for OEMs to quickly enable their products to be smarter and connect to the Internet of Things. SOMs deliver the I/O, memory, and wireless connectivity necessary to connect a product to the IoT without having to become experts in electrical engineering. Watch the video below to hear Digi Product Manager Mike Rohrmoser explain the Digi CC6UL in more detail:

For many OEMs, building complex connected devices from the ground up is not a core competency. Furthermore, fast changing market requirements, global competitive pressures, and ever-changing technology and regulatory requirements make partnering with proven SOM manufacture like Digi, a necessity. Whether it’s a medical device or a mission-critical industrial controller, Digi has the expertise to get you to market quickly.

Once you’ve connected a device to the Internet – you have to make sure it secured. The Digi ConnectCore for i.MX6UL was built with Digi TrustFence™, a security framework that removes the implementation barriers by providing you with a fully integrated, secure module platform with complete Linux software support.

Digi ConnectCore for i.MX6UL delivers the smallest, smartest, most secure way to connect your product to the Internet of Things.

Check out www.digi.com/cc6ul to learn more>>

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.

FULL ARTICLE IN EMBEDDED COMPUTING DESIGN: DON’T LET HACKERS IN THE JTAG PORT >>

Powering the World’s First Zero-Emission Cab

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Frazer-NashThe zero-emission taxicab of the future will soon be on the streets of London – and Digi is playing a key role in making it happen. That’s because Frazer-Nash, the electric-car pioneer founded in 1922, has selected Digi’s ConnectCore 6 system-on-module to create a complete digital experience for driver instrumentation and touchscreen passenger infotainment inside its range-extended electric vehicle (REEV) Metrocabs. The ConnectCore 6 will also enable wireless connectivity to in-cab Internet, GPS navigation, and revenue-producing interactive displays.

The ConnectCore 6 is less than 2 inches square and includes all the power and connectivity you would expect from a PC, including a cellular adapter, 1080p graphics, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and up to 64GB of flash memory. The decision to utilize ConnectCore 6 was a change for Frazer-Nash, which traditionally develops all technologies in-house. In fact, the ConnectCore 6 is the only component in the Frazer-Nash Metrocab that was not designed and created by the company itself.

In this new Frazer-Nash “cab of the future,” drivers can monitor the cab’s key systems as well as optimize routes, fuel, and battery efficiency. What’s more, Digi offers secure remote management and web services capabilities through the scalable Digi Device Cloud™ so Frazer-Nash can monitor all of its cabs remotely and deploy updates over cellular networks.

Frazer-Nash has been in the forefront of electric powertrain development and designs and builds all of its own components. By using the ConnectCore 6, Frazer-Nash reduced costs and accelerated its time-to-market while offering new services and deliver a connected cab. The Metrocab is just one example of the incredible development opportunities for Digi customers and partners, brining computing power to new classes of innovative applications.

Visit the ConnectCore 6 product page to learn more.

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