Digi International, provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, unveiled on Tuesday features and capabilities powering the newest Digi XBee Cellular modems.
Digi will be introducing three new variants to its lineup: Digi XBee Cellular gen 2 modem designed for the AT&T Cat 1 cellular network, Digi XBee Cellular LTE–M, and Digi XBee Cellular NB–IoT. These latest Digi XBee Cellular modems will deliver local intelligence programmed on the modem itself. Rules engines and application logic can transform data, control local I/O, connect to Bluetooth sensors, actively manage utilization of the cellular link and optimize cellular data plans.
It also offers supports to a range of applications, from basic to more complex Linux-based applications/systems; direct USB communication for apps with native control requirements; comes with Bluetooth Low Energy (BTL) and Bluetooth Mesh connectivity that allows simple and quick local setup, provisioning, and troubleshooting capabilities using modern mobile phones and tablets.
The line also supports robust OTA firmware upgrades, Digi’s easy-to-use RF management and configuration tool Digi XCTU, and remote management through Digi Remote Manager, which comes hardened with built-in Digi TrustFence device security.
“Fully pre-certified across key carriers, our next-generation Digi XBee Cellular smart modems deliver a platform offering complete design freedom for cellular IoT connectivity integration from LTE Cat 1 all the way to LTE-M and NB-IoT LPWAN technology,” said Senior Director Product Management, Embedded Systems at Digi International, Mike Rohrmoser. “The Digi XBee platform has been built on over a decade of wireless expertise. This creates an entirely new class of connected smart end nodes based on the one and only proven Digi XBee platform.”
These three new variants strengthen the already existing, robust Digi XBee product line, including the Digi XBee Cellular 3G and Digi XBee Cellular Cat 1 for Verizon, making the platform capable of meeting all wireless needs – from cellular, to ZigBee, to Wi-Fi protocols. It offers device manufacturers unmatched integration flexibility and the ability to standardize on one module platform and single hardware footprint across products, applications, and cellular networks for everything from relatively simple local applications to complex, globally deployed solutions.
Arrow Electronics, a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, has selected Digi XBee Cellular LTE-M for Arrow’s LTE-M Starter Kit.