In other words, more and more applications are taking advantage of IoT Geolocation services to provide stakeholders with the confidence that assets are in the intended location, and the ability to track them if they are not.
Applications are also using this technology in new ways all the time, including a growing trend to use GPS for security purposes. For example, you can create a geo fence or perimeter around a location where you need a device to remain to thwart theft. Then if the asset is tampered with or moved, you can receive a notification. One specific use case is built-in security for rental items such as bikes and scooters. Geo IoT services can be built in so that if the item is moved from the rental kiosk, but not paid for, it can set off a loud alarm.
Digi XBee devices are deployed in a massive number of applications, worldwide, from industrial IoT applications in mining, oil and gas to smart city applications, city lighting, precision farming and a vast number of robotics and automation applications in fleet management and supply chain. In support of our broad-based community of developers and system integrators, we are rapidly building out tools that simplify IoT application development and expedite time-to-market.
As a part of this ongoing initiative, we recognize the importance of location monitoring in IoT. In a location-enabled project design, the footprint of the device needs to remain as small as the GPS modules. Digi XBee cellular modules are perfect to pair with a GPS. These modules provide reliability, a small footprint, flexible communication protocols, and existing infrastructure to make adding GPS to your IoT product a breeze.
Additionally, Digi XBee devices come in a range of footprints and have varying power requirements to suit the full range of IoT applications. For example, some applications require extreme low power to manage battery usage, particularly in cellular and GPS applications that send and receive data rapidly. Digi provides a full suite of low power radio devices for these purposes, and offers wireless design services to support your application development.
The Digi GPS Daughter Board is an expansion board designed specifically to work with the Digi XBIB-C Development Board. Based on the leading U-blox CAM-M8 GPS receiver, the Digi XBee GPS Daughter Board allows developers to quickly and easily add GPS location tracking to applications that incorporate Digi XBee modules.
Connecting GPS to a Digi XBee module is seamless, using the Digi GPS Daughter Board and Digi XBIB-C Development Board. Digi provides everything you need to develop and test your application:
These tools and resources support development beyond your initial prototyping. Once the development and testing cycle is complete, and you transition from your Digi development kit to your own printed circuit board, Digi provides all of the necessary files to make it easy to integrate GPS into your PCB design. We do that by providing a complete set of reference design resources, including gerber files, schematic diagrams, and a MicroPython library with code examples for incorporating GPS everything you need to reduce the amount of time you would otherwise spend digging through datasheets and online content to find interfacing documentation.