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August 24, 2011

Embedded M2M Solutions - Digi Launches iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G Cellular Connectivity


Digi International (News - Alert), the major player in commercial grade device networking and an innovator of wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) device networking products, released the iDigi Gateway (News - Alert) Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity.


The newly announced kit contains all of the hardware, software and documentation necessary for ZigBee-to-3G cellular Internet connectivity, iDigi Web services and Digi development tools and demonstrates how remote devices can be connected wirelessly over cellular networks and integrated into a cloud environment with ease.

In a press release, Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International, said,“Our iDigi Gateway Development Kit demystifies remote M2M wireless connectivity by providing a proof-of-concept experience in less than an hour. And we provide all the sample applications used to generate this experience to get customers started with cloud connecting their own devices.”

Sprint is using iDigi Gateway Development Kits and find them to be very effective in providing training and capability demonstrations to our field engineers and technical sales resources,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions, Sprint (News - Alert).

The kits are a valuable tool in helping to demonstrate the power of M2M and also helping Sprint easily conduct concept trials with its customers and prospects.

Designed to make it easy to setup a ZigBee network, upload a custom iDigi Device Integration Application, the iDigi Gateway Development Kit provide seamless connectivity to the iDigi Device Cloud for Web services integration to standard business applications over the Internet.

It helps users to log into a Google (News - Alert) App demo and remotely switch on/off a lamp and monitor its history using wireless Digi technologies.

The iDigi Gateway Development Kit includes the ConnectPort X4 ZigBee-to-3G cellular gateway, Digi XBee Smart Plug, battery-powered XBee temperature/light sensors, Digi ESP Integrated Development Environment for iDigi Dia/Python development, and related cables, battery and power supply.

In related news, Digi International has launched “Smart Grid Now” bundles that offer a broad range of new energy efficiency services to their customers.

Want to learn more about M2M technologies? Then be sure to check out the M2M Evolution conference, collocated with TMC’s (News - Alert) ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. The M2M Evolution Conference is for those industry professionals interested in capitalizing on a rapidly growing segment of the telecom industry. The M2M Evolution Conference embraces the any-to-any strategy of the Internet today. Co-sponsored by TMC Partner Crossfire Media, it showcases the solutions, and examines the data strategies and technological requirements that enterprises and carriers need to capitalize on a market segment that is estimated to grow to $300 Billion in the year ahead. To register, click here.


Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin


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