PARIS, June 2, 2016 –
Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com
), a leading global provider of mission-critical machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connectivity products and services, and SmartBox, an innovative company providing unmanned delivery systems, announced that the companies will be recognized today at a conference that focuses on France-Korea business partnerships. The event is hosted by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and will take place at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel.
SmartBox offers benefits over traditional kiosk systems in cost, convenience, maintenance, management, and protection. Using Digi’s wireless XBee modules and gateways, SmartBox has developed a smart locker solution that serves as either unmanned delivery destinations or traditional lockers. More than 3,000 SmartBox lockers have been installed in apartments, dormitories, public offices, office buildings, and subway stations across South Korea.
When a consumer orders an item online, one of the delivery methods that can be selected is SmartBox as a delivery destination. A SmartCode is sent to the buyer, who then can easily pick up the package at the SmartBox location by entering the SmartCode provided. As a traditional locker, individuals can use their smartphone to reserve a locker and a SmartCode to open and close the locker. Digi XBee modules and gateways provide the wireless connection that makes these communications possible.
This year commemorates Korea’s and France’s 130th
diplomatic anniversary, and the event will be attended by South Korean President, Park Geun-hye and other dignitaries which will recognize cooperative development and commercialization efforts, such as those between Digi International’s Paris facility and the Korean-based SmartBox. Accepting recognition will be Frederic Luu, Digi vice president of international sales, and Yeryong Ra, SmartBox CEO.
“We see the Digi-SmartBox cooperation as a great example of two innovative technology companies coming together to lead the IoT market,” said Frederic Luu, vice president of Asia and EMEA sales and marketing, Digi International.”
“During the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, leading companies could focus on many different business areas. Nowadays, however, cooperation between companies specialized in a specific market can lead a global revolution,” said Yeryong Ra, CEO of SmartBox. “We expect the Digi-SmartBox initiative will create a remarkable opportunity.”
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Seoul, Korea, SmartBox Co., Ltd. manufactures the "SmartBox locker,” high-tech lockers that apply IoT technology for unmanned parcel delivery designed to revolutionize the distribution industry. Winner of several domestic and international IT awards, the IoT locker is more convenient, independent, and economical compared to the traditional kiosk lockers. For more information, visit SmartBox’s website at www.smartbox.co.kr
, or call +82)2-3273-8513
About Digi International
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is a leading global provider of mission-critical machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. We help our customers create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security, relentless reliability and bulletproof performance. Founded in 1985, we’ve helped our customers connect over 100 million things, and growing. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com
, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International).
Steven Hyukwon Sohn for SmartBox S.Korea
Vibeke Ulmann for Digi International Europe
Office: +44 (0)1323 760 335
Rick McLaughlin for Digi International North America
Office: +1 781-418-2402