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Digi Announces Next Generation XBee Cellular Products

By Ken Briodagh September 06, 2017

In a recent announcement, Digi International, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, has release the set of 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 include the following significant upgrades/features:

• Programmability: 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.

• Full USB Support: Supports wide range of applications, from basic to more complex LINUX-based applications/systems; direct USB communication for apps with native control requirements.

• Bluetooth Ready: Bluetooth Low Energy (BTL) and Bluetooth Mesh connectivity which allows simple and quick local setup, provisioning, and troubleshooting capabilities using modern mobile phones and tablets.

• Advanced Manageability Features: Support robust OTA firmware upgrades, Digi's easy-to-use RF management and configuration tool Digi XCTU, and remote management through Digi Remote Manager.

• Security: Hardened with built-in Digi TrustFence device security.

These three new variants strengthen the Digi XBee product line, including the Digi XBee Cellular 3G and Digi XBee Cellular Cat 1 for Verizon, making the platform capable of meeting wireless needs for cellular, ZigBee, or Wi-Fi protocols. It is designed to offer device manufacturers 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.

"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 Mike Rohrmoser, Senior Director, Product Management, Embedded Systems, Digi International. "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."


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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