Digi & Industrial Internet of Things

 

Where Inspiration Meets Innovation


To keep your company surging toward its next breakthrough, you need customizable strategies and solutions that you can leverage at every stage of the development cycle.
Digi is forging a path into the future of the Internet of Things (IoT), creating cutting-edge technology to help you grow your business,
expand the capabilities and efficiency of your workforce, and make informed business decisions fueled by real-time data
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Embedded Systems

 Connect your devices with versatile modules and powerful single-board computers designed for rapid deployment and scalability.

 
IoT Platform

 Manage your entire network from a single online dashboard that allows you to monitor your device deployment in real time, control individual modules, and ensure data privacy and security.

  
Networking

Maintain a constant flow of data between your devices with secure cellular routers and gateways built to handle networks of various speeds and sizes.


 A full range of embedded solutions, including
modules and SBCs as well as software and
remote management capabilities

Digi's suite of embedded solutions includes RF and cellular modules, SoMs and SBCs to support your development requirements. Whether your chief concern is range, power, programmability, certification, security, or software tools, Digi has your needs covered.

    • RF Modules
    • Cellular Modems
    • Sytem-on-Modules
    • Single Board Computers


Seamless connectivity solutions for wireless
networks and edge devices

Digi's robust industrial and enterprise servers provide the secure and reliable connectivity you need to prevent connection failures, and the tools you need to monitor, manage and maintain your device deployment across remote locations, in any climate.

    • Cellular Routers
    • Gateways
    • Cosole Servers
    • RF Adapters and Modems
    • SErial Connectivity
    • USB Connectivity


IoT Platform

Intuitive applications to build or retrofit a
better connected and more secure IoT infrastructure

    • Digi Remote Manager
    • Digi XBee Configurator

 

Edge computing, like the OPTO 22 Edge Computer or the Systec Edge PLC sit outside the corporate Network in Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Logisitics etc
and are doing their thing making things and controlling things and the data from all of this is now going through Edge IIOT comms systems directly to Clouds
like Microsoft Azure, Amazon web services or IBM’s Bluemix where large sets of data are manipulated and made into reports, more feedback to the system,
directy to Accounting and HR etc.

It is a revolution, and the big issue is getting data to Clouds safely and securely. In New Zealand most companies are using Cellular routers with
fallbacks to other cellular providers, then fiber and copper.

Digi's super rugged routers allow you to bypass Edge Computers and Controllers and hook directly to devices by using their Cellular Routers.

The routers are programmable also so you can do a lot with them. See examples in articles below, re booting frozen up Radio networks, control and monitoring a pumping system etc

 
Digi XBee3® Series programmable
modules take smart to a whole new
level. Building on industry-leading
embedded technology, the Digi XBee3
Series offers design freedom with
easy-to-add functionality and flexible
wireless connectivity.
SMART SIZED:
Digi XBee3 Series modules deliver
advantages in every class—size,
weight, and power. It's the ideal
micro-size for compact and portable
applications. 
SMART PROGRAMMABILITY:
With enhanced MicroPython programmability,
dual-mode radio flexibility, and Digi Remote
Manager, device management and configuration
has never been easier.
SMART ARCHITECTURE:
With one socket—and the largest selection
of global protocols and frequencies—Digi
XBee3 Series module architecture can
quickly enable and easily scale cellular
connectivity and compatibility.
  SMART RELIABILITY:
Always on, always connected, always
up-to-date, always accurate.
Customers worldwide depend on Digi
stability for high-quality
manufacturing and long product
lifecycles.
 SMART SECURITY:
Digi TrustFence security framework, identity,
and data privacy features are built in to Digi XBee3
modules using more than 175 controls to protect
against new and evolving cyber threats.
SMART ROI:
From edge computing to future migration,
Digi XBee3 Series modules offer compact
connectivity that can reduce costs,
accelerate time to market and extend
product lifecycles.

IIOT EDGE COMPUTING: CONTROL HARDWARE AT THE EDGE WITH GPIO


Tools, strategies and applications for integration of edge data into business systems are hot topics.

How do you offload stress and computing resources from your network, enable more efficient data integration, and improve the efficiency of transactions and data transfer?

How can you leverage computing resources where they will most effectively deliver results?

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) requires streamlined solutions to manage remote computing assets and maximize the benefit of the data they produce.

Introducing the Digi WR31 Industrial Router.

The Digi WR31 is a best-in-class cellular router designed to meet the critical needs of industries like oil and gas and utilities — especially power. This heavy-duty device is built with extreme temperature tolerance, and possesses all of the features for security, remote management and reliability that customers expect from Digi hardware products.

A key differentiator for the Digi WR31 is the presence of on-board General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) in the form of two digital I/O interfaces and one analog input. GPIO allows users to accomplish tasks like taking readings from analog sensors and remotely executing on/off control to edge-connected equipment like pumps and generators.

INDUSTRIAL IOT USE CASES FOR EDGE COMPUTING

Many Digi customers have highly demanding applications operating in extreme conditions such as mining and oil and gas, which are subject to a range of environmental conditions. Here are two such examples:

1) Oil and Gas Use Case
In this example, the customer is an oil and gas company that leverages the Digi WR31 on-board digital I/O. The company’s application involves a private radio communications network.

The private radio network occasionally freezes and becomes unresponsive under certain circumstances, and the cost of sending a resource onsite to re-power the system is considerable. This customer has resolved the issue by placing Digi WR31 routers at each radio site and connecting an inline relay to the Digital output to interrupt/re-enable power to the private radio units. When a radio become unresponsive, the customer can now send a command to the Digital I/O on the Digi WR31, cutting all power from the private radio, then re-enabling it – resulting in a hard system reset. This solution avoids repeated truck rolls to numerous distant sites each year, resulting in considerable cost savings.

2) Power Company Use Case
Involving a major power utility that installs Digi WR31 routers throughout the smart grid, using the on-board serial connection to monitor reclosers (power grid circuit breakers) and maintain a high degree of power reliability for more than four million customers. The Digi WR31 is installed outdoors in a utility box that also contains a battery backup, so the customer leverages both Digital interfaces on the WR31 as inputs to monitor two conditions:
-Utility box door opens or closes
-Router input power switches from line electricity to battery

Each time one of the above conditions is triggered or reset, the occurrence is denoted in a log file with a timestamp for further review and analysis by a company administrator. Condition detection and logging are achieved through the use of a simple Python program running directly on the router. The combination of an on-board programming environment and GPIO enable the customer to eliminate additional hardware while delivering a complete solution at the edge.

CONNECTIVITY TO CLOUD APPLICATION IN INDUSTRIAL IOT

The oil and gas industry is currently undergoing a paradigm shift, with some of the largest players actively embracing hosted infrastructure such as Amazon’s AWS platform and Microsoft Azure after years of reliance on on-premise solutions. This is occurring because the security and data residency models on those platforms now meet the needs of customers. At the same time, Digi Remote Manager® is becoming increasingly popular with these customers for similar reasons.

Along with its centralized device management capabilities, Digi Remote Manager (DRM) delivers a comprehensive Application Programming Interface (API), making it easy to integrate bi-directional device data into other platforms for a range of purposes. These can include:

- Triggering process workflow
- Sending commands to devices in the field
- Developing custom reports

Data can be externalized through both pull and push methods, allowing for virtually instantaneous rendering if desired.

In Summary
The availability of GPIO and a Python programming environment on-board the Digi WR31 allows the device to function much like a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), while at the same time delivering the value of a truly industrial-grade cellular router with automatic dual-cellular failover capabilities.

Enhancing those capabilities through data externalization through use of the Digi Remote Manager API to platforms like AWS and Azure makes it possible for a small group or even a single person to develop powerful solutions more quickly and efficiently than an entire development team.

Digi International recently released the Digi IX14 LTE router, the newest addition to their family of IoT devices for industrial environments. Built with a MIL-SPEC certified design, Digi IX14 is physically hardened to meet the challenging wireless connectivity requirements of utilities, factories, branch locations, digital signage applications and outdoor kiosks. With a one-year initial subscription to Digi Remote Manager®, Digi’s secure device management platform, Digi IX14 capabilities are tailored for asset connectivity and process automation applications in smart cities, manufacturing and industrial environments.

An Affordable IIoT Router with Next Generation Performance
Digi IX14 brings a new generation of capabilities to Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) connectivity, including advanced scripting and customizable business logic via open source Python 3.6. This provides edge computing abilities for customers looking to execute custom business logic at the edge of the network, while Bluetooth® facilitates speedy, secure and dependable installations that monitor critical assets like never before.

In order to link to a single sensor or network of sensors virtually anywhere, Digi IX14 offers both an Ethernet and serial port, while dual SIM slots permit both carrier flexibility and failover options that virtually eliminate downtime.

Where many industrial routers have not kept up, Digi next generation cellular LTE CAT 1 radios have a faster processor with more RAM and Flash. These devices take advantage of low-cost data plans from carriers and are optimized for low-bandwidth applications. They are also well positioned for the future as enterprises prepare for 5G network capabilities.

Built for the Harshest Environments

To withstand temperature extremes and unforgiving operating conditions in industrial IoT deployments, Digi IX14 is built with a die-cast aluminum enclosure that has been physically hardened with MIL-STD-810G certification for shock, vibration and temperature. With an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance, Digi IX14 is suitable for a wide range of industrial use cases that require secure, rugged and reliable connectivity to carry critical IoT communications.

Digi IX14 serves a range of high performance IIoT use cases:

• Organizations such as utility companies must monitor high-value assets in the field, often in remote areas with wide temperature variations, dirt and moisture. At the same time, they need to thwart cyber attacks and therefore require solutions that are designed to reduce security vulnerabilities.
• Outdoor applications such as highway or municipality signage are also exposed to extreme operational factors, requiring a hardened and sealed industrial enclosure to maintain functionality.
• Digital signage ecosystems can benefit enormously by simplifying infrastructure and expenditures and deploying hardened, low-cost Digi IX14 routers for local or remote connectivity.

Smart cities, transportation systems and industrial operations can now take advantage of machine connectivity to optimize efficiencies, improve user experiences and productivity, and boost outcomes and results. Whether deployed in outdoor digital signage, a financial services application with a distributed network of outdoor ATMs, or a utilities application managing data communication with remote SCADA sites, Digi IX14 provides outstanding connectivity and device monitoring through integration with Digi Remote Manager.

The Digi IX14 architecture supports demanding performance requirements by integrating LTE connectivity with an Ethernet port and an RS-232 serial port.

Digi TrustFence®, a device security framework, is built into Digi IX14 to streamline the process of securing all your connected devices. Digi TrustFence enables businesses to adapt to new and evolving threats over time. Tenets of this framework include authenticated boot, protected ports, encrypted data storage, certificate management and ongoing best-practice security monitoring.

Additionally, users can readily configure, monitor and manage both Digi and third-party devices with Digi Remote Manager – a comprehensive security and device management platform that allows users to remotely monitor, update and manage Digi intelligent routers over LTE networks. It provides users with a single point of command and control that, in many instances, can remotely diagnose and fix certain issues without the need to deploy a technician and roll a truck. With simplified setup and configuration, sophisticated automation, and device and network monitoring, Digi Remote Manager brings an increased ease of use and high level of product and network understanding to Digi IX14 users in order to protect critical assets like never before.

SECURE AND SCALABLE DEPLOYMENTS WITH IOT DEVICE MANAGEMENT

As the Internet of Things grows, and device networks and edge computing architectures become more complex, it is important to be able to manage all those devices across the network. However, the challenges of managing connected devices are many and varied.

Introducing the New AnywhereUSB Plus – the Next Generation of Secure Remote USB Hubs for IoT

The management of devices in connected environments continues to rapidly advance and evolve. At Digi, we are committed to being at the forefront when it comes to supporting users with cutting edge IoT solutions.

For many years, Digi International customers have loved the Digi AnywhereUSB® products for connectivity over IP – meaning the ability to connect USB peripheral devices anywhere on a local area network (LAN) without a locally-attached host computer. These products have supported thousands of customers who have needed to connect USB devices over the network in space-constrained or challenging environments.

With the roll-out of the Digi AnywhereUSB Plus family, customers now have a faster, more powerful product with many enhancements.

The Challenge: Connectivity and Management of Devices Across the Enterprise
Enterprises that need device connectivity include everything from factories and supply chain services to hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, medical facilities, banks and computer/networking/IoT solutions providers. But their requirements are similar: They need to deploy, configure, virtualize, manage, test and charge devices efficiently and securely to eliminate misplaced equipment and reduce the risk of data breaches.

The types of devices that enterprises need to connect and manage include a wide range of computers and handhelds, including:
• Smart phones
•Tablets
•Sensors
• Scanners
•Printers
•Medical devices
• License dongles

 

The proliferation of peripherals and smart devices in today’s business environment presents challenges for the IT teams that must manage them. These challenges typically fall into these categories:

The organization does not have enough USB ports on their host computers to support all of their devices for charging, configuration or updates.
The devices are located or used at wide-reaching locations across the enterprise – beyond the typical reach of a USB cable.
Managing updates is an inefficient process due to the number and variety of devices in use.
Placing computers in the locations where USB devices are used is either costly or difficult, based on factors such as the number of devices or the environmental conditions present.

A Use Case Example: Point-of-Sale Device Connectivity

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