Planning an IoT project is an exciting adventure. But its also a little bit like boiling the ocean. The number of considerations, tactics and decisions along the way can be a little mind boggling.
For many years, developers worldwide have chosen Digi XBee devices as the central communication module in their wireless designs. With multiple form factors, protocols and wireless communication ranges to choose from, developers find that they have complete flexibility to develop with Digi radio modules. In fact, today we are proud to announce that we have sold over 15 million Digi XBee modules.
A Digi XBee device is more than just a wireless module. Digi XBee radios enable wireless connectivity through multiple protocols, are future-proof and stand the test of time. The updates and enhancements we have made to the Digi XBee product lines in recent years have helped drive product innovation, rapid prototyping and improved time-to-market in countless applications worldwide. For example:
On that note, lets talk about the tools.
Every technical phase in the lifecycle of an IoT application comes with its unique set of challenges. Digi has been there. We understand those. And we have created tools to make the processes in each of those phases more streamlined to simplify tasks, help you get to market faster, and enable remote access for firmware updates and ongoing monitoring.
Watch the following video to join me as I play the role of each persona involved in the wireless application lifecycle, and have a little fun along the way.
Five Digi XBee Tools support the initial design, prototyping and testing of your wireless application:
In this phase, a technician is responsible for taking the configuration files provided by the developer and building out configured Digi XBee devices at scale. Digi XBee Multi Programmer is a device with a software interface for programming up to six Digi XBee modules at once. To scale up production even more, the technician can plug in more than one Digi XBee Multi Programmer into the PC. The Multi Programmer comes in three models, one for each Digi XBee form factor: through-hole, surface-mount and micro.
When you are ready to deploy your network of configured Digi XBee devices out in the field, three Digi XBee Tools help you get the job done:
The last phase of the IoT application lifecycle is management and maintenance. Once your technicians are no longer at the deployment site establishing and debugging connections and checking device uptime, there is ongoing work to be done.
Digi Remote Manager® is a cloud-based IoT device and network management tool that provides all the functionality you need to monitor your network in real time, perform firmware updates and manage any issues that arise.
Digi Remote Manager (DRM) automatically monitors the configuration of devices across your network, wherever devices may be deployed in the world, and can quickly reset any configurations that may have been tampered with. You can set up alerts for various conditions to ensure you get notified of any concerns, and check your entire network from the DRM interface at a glance.
Additionally, anytime you want to push firmware updates or security patches out to your entire network, you can quickly and easily do so from the DRM interface. So, as you can see, while Digi XBee modules have always been a go-to choice for wireless applications, it just got better with Digi XBee Tools.
Developing a product is challenging. Youre always under the gun to get to milestones as you prototype, test and debug your application design and move through the manufacturing and deployment phases. When looking for a manufacturer, you need a true partner that will help you with all of the different phases of getting to market and managing Digi XBee networks after deployment.
With Digi, you get a partner that has tons of experience with wireless technologies. We understand the difficulties, the trade-offs and considerations that need to be made along the way. Digi provides the knowledge and expertise to support your development and deployment efforts, and today we also provide the full suite of tools to support every phase in the IoT application lifecycle.