The SmartBox company, based in Seoul, Korea, manufactures lockers for unattended parcel delivery. The world's first IoT-based delivery locker makes it possible to securely deliver packages so they can only be accessed by the intended recipient.
To use the box, the delivery person enters a mobile number, and delivers the parcel to the box. The recipient receives an SMS message with a password enabling secure access to the locker.
The technology behind the system is a Digi XBee® module that provides the connectivity and intelligence to enable single-use codes, as well as a Digi XBee® gateway that carries backhaul traffic to the SmartBox operations center for monitoring and maintenance. The XBee Gateway is also responsible for sending the SMS notifications to the delivery recipient.
Food service is another up and coming driver for new applications in IoT. In fact Digi's SmartSense business unit is experiencing rapid growth as more restaurants, schools, supply chain services and hospitals recognize the critical need to maintain perishables at the correct temperatures for compliance and human health.
A great example of a retail food service application is FELFEL's refrigerated point-of-sale food kiosks for the workplace. Based in Switzerland, FELFEL set out to "free people from mediocre food at work." The company developed an innovative solution that enables office workers to access healthy and delicious meals at affordable prices, whenever needed. The solution is housed in an attractive lighted wooden case that can be placed anywhere throughout the workplace.
The technology at work in the FELFEL POS refrigerated systems is a Digi ConnectCore® 6 single-board computer (SBC) with a 4G LTE connection that powers an Android application. The application controls the token-based POS transactions as well as the refrigerator locks.
You can read the full story here: FELFEL Transforms Workplace Meals with Kiosk Refrigerators, Powered by Digi ConnectCore, Bringing Ingenious Delivery of Fresh Food for Staff.
If you have visited Digi headquarters, perhaps you have met our customized hologram greeter, supplied by our customer, PRSONAS.
Powered by Digi cellular routers, these next-generation customer service solutions can be set up anywhere — from trade show booths to store and business foyers.
A holographic greeter can act as a virtual sales rep for retail businesses, and is an excellent conversation piece as well. PRSONA's innovative solution ties together a range of technologies, including artificial intelligence and computer-generated images to create an interactive customer service hologram.
In developing the solution, PRSONAs found Wi-Fi to present technological challenges, depending on the connectivity available at a customer site, as well as issues with firewalls. They turned to Digi International for a cellular solution that would provide uninterrupted enterprise-wide connectivity. Digi's WR11 cellular router provided the solution for cellular connectivity.
You can read the full story here: PRSONAS Delivers Interactive, Self-service Holograms to Spur Customer Engagement Using Digi Connectivity.