Digi International | May 24, 2022
Digi International, a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today introduced the Digi XBee® Intelligent Edge controller (IEC), bringing together a comprehensive networking architecture to close the gap between field devices and the cloud and provide powerful asset monitoring and control.
Digi XBee Intelligent Edge Controller (IEC) provides a deployment-ready upgrade to existing industrial sensors with the latest innovations in wireless and cloud technologies. In combination with Digi X-ON cloud, the Digi XBee IEC can help companies monitor sensors or remote-control assets over Long-Range, Low-Power Wide Area Networks, including LoRaWAN, CAT-M1 and NB-IoT. Industrial devices can be monitored with sub-second latency with alarms and data wirelessly delivered through the Digi X-ON cloud.
The Digi XBee IEC is compatible with 90% of existing industrial sensors and controls, providing SCADA systems with an IoT alternative. The solution is ideal for enterprises across numerous industry verticals such as energy and utilities, oil and gas, water and wastewater, logistics and agriculture. Using Digi’s X-ON cloud platform, customers leverage a single solution to convert complex protocols for the industrial IoT into simplified data APIs, to integrate data with other tools and systems.
“Two of the biggest challenges companies face in industrial IoT projects are money and time,” said Nik Kitson, Director of OEM Solutions Business Development for Digi. “Traditional SCADA systems are very expensive and can take months to deploy and configure for a company's specific needs. A new system or software package often involves a substantial learning curve and employee training time. But remaining with a non-secure or outdated system can cost far more in the long run. Unlike legacy systems that could only leverage the tools available at the time, Digi developed the IEC using today’s most advanced technologies to create more intelligent, secure, and cost-effective solutions.”
A Smarter Alternative to Traditional SCADA
Traditional SCADA systems have typically relied on extensive middleware – including gateways, software, and licenses – raising the risk of unauthorized data accessibility and other security breaches. Industrial IoT protocols add security as an afterthought and require users to enable those features. The combination of complex technology infrastructures, communications interoperability challenges, and immature IoT standards creates enormous hurdles for automation engineers. Additionally, standard SCADA and PLCs often require high network bandwidth and cloud capacity to provide sub-second monitoring.
The Digi XBee IEC solution is being successfully deployed for electrical smart-grid asset monitoring, smart city water management, logistics warehouse operations, and more.
“The Digi solution enables Valmont to offer a proactive condition monitoring experience that complements our scheduled maintenance and operations. The ability to detect infrastructure anomalies in real time using remote wireless technology unlocks huge potential, enabling our customers to operate tower infrastructure without over-taxing remote operations workers.”
Trevor Mecham, Vice President of Global Infrastructure Technology Strategy and Industry Relations at Valmont Industries, Inc
Digi XBee IEC not only provides a faster time-to-market for IIoT OEMs and enterprises, it is also a value-added tool set for systems integrators and Value Added Resellers (VARs) to address complex IIoT deployments. The IEC solution can be easily deployed into multiple solutions for a wide range of use cases, all through the X-ON device management portal.
About Digi International
Digi International is a leading global provider of IoT connectivity products, services, and solutions. It helps companies create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security and reliability. Founded in 1985, Digi has helped customers connect more than 100 million things and counting.
Qeexo | June 02, 2022
Qeexo, developer of the Qeexo AutoML, and Bosch Sensortec GmbH, a technology leader in MEMS sensing solutions, today announced that machine learning algorithms created using Qeexo’s AutoML can now be deployed on Arduino Nicla Sense ME with Bosch BHI260AP and BME688 sensors. Qeexo AutoML is an automated machine-learning (ML) platform that accelerates the development of tinyML models for the Edge.
Bosch's BHI260AP self-learning AI sensor with integrated IMU, and BME688, a 4-in-1 gas sensor with AI, significantly reduce overall system power consumption while supporting a wide range of applications for different segments of the IoT market.
Using Qeexo AutoML, machine learning (ML) models–that would otherwise run on the host processor–can be deployed in and executed by BHI260AP and BME688. Its highly efficient machine learning models–that overcome traditional die-size-imposed limits to computational power and memory size–extend to applications that transform and improve lives. For example, they can be used for: Monitoring environmental parameters, including humidity and Air Quality Index (AQI); and capturing information embedded in motion, such as person-down systems to fitness apps that check posture. These devices typically have a longer time between charges and provide actionable information.
“Qeexo’s collaboration with Bosch enables application developers to quickly build and deploy machine learning algorithms on Bosch’s AI integrated sensors, Machine learning solutions running on Bosch’s AI integrated sensors are light-weight and do not consume MCU cycles or additional system resources as seen with traditional embedded ML.”
Sang Won Lee, CEO of Qeexo
“Bosch Sensortec and Qeexo are collaborating on machine learning solutions for smart sensors and sensor nodes. We are excited to see more applications made possible by combining the smart sensors BHI260AP and BME688 from Bosch Sensortec and AutoML from Qeexo.” said Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO at Bosch Sensortec.
Qeexo is the first company to automate end-to-end machine learning for embedded edge devices (Cortex M0-M4 class). Our one-click, fully-automated Qeexo AutoML platform allows customers to leverage sensor data to rapidly build machine learning solutions for highly constrained environments with applications in industrial, IoT, wearables, automotive, mobile, and more. Over 300 million devices worldwide are equipped with AI built on Qeexo AutoML. Delivering high performance, solutions built with Qeexo AutoML are optimized to have ultra-low latency, ultra-low power consumption, and an incredibly small memory footprint.
About Bosch Sensortec GmbH
Bosch Sensortec GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH dedicated to the world of consumer electronics; offering a complete portfolio of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) based sensors and solutions that enable mobile devices to feel and sense the world around them. Bosch Sensortec develops and markets a broad portfolio of MEMS sensors, solutions and systems for applications in smart phones, tablets, wearable devices, and various products within the IoT (Internet of Things).
Ventev | August 10, 2022
Ventev, a division of TESSCO Technologies, Inc. a leading value-added distributor and solutions provider for the wireless industry, announced the launch of its new Universal Broadband Enclosure. This compact, modular, and lightweight solution powers, protects, and enables reliable backup for radio and networking equipment in harsh environments.
The Universal Broadband Enclosure is the latest addition to Ventev’s Power Systems product line. Its compact design offers an ideal fit for locations where aesthetics and footprint are important. This NEMA 3R rated enclosure is designed to power and protect in harsh conditions, including outside plant environments.
The Universal Broadband Enclosure is engineered for industrial networking switches and routers, edge computer devices low-to medium-power, remote radio heads, and other wireless system elements. It comes standard with a pre-installed, hot swap 48VDC rectifier that is expandable up to 1400W with the option of adding battery strings to an isolated battery box. The lightweight powder-coated aluminum construction also offers superior corrosion-resistant properties.
“Ventev’s Universal Broadband Enclosure features a factory pre-wired and integrated system designed to cut down on installation time and deployment costs, as well as reduces the risk of field wiring errors, The various mounting options make this highly versatile solution ideal for critical broadband, Industrial IoT (IIoT), and edge mobile data applications.”
Thad Lowe, General Manager of Ventev
Ventev, a division of TESSCO Technologies Inc., designs and manufactures industry-leading Wi-Fi and wireless infrastructure products, to ensure reliable network performance and simplify the installation of Wi-Fi, IoT, LTE, DAS, and two-way networks. After you choose the radio, choose Ventev to connect, protect, and enable your wireless radio network.
About TESSCO Technologies Incorporated
TESSCO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TESS) is a value-added technology distributor, manufacturer, and solutions provider serving commercial customers in the wireless infrastructure ecosystem. The Company was founded more than 30 years ago with a commitment to deliver industry-leading products, knowledge, solutions, and customer service. Tessco supplies more than 65,000 products from 250 of the industry’s top manufacturers in mobile communications, Wi-Fi, Internet of Things (“IoT”), wireless backhaul, and more. Tessco is a single source for outstanding customer experience, expert knowledge, and complete end-to-end solutions for the wireless industry.
Connectivity Standards Alliance | July 11, 2022
The Connectivity Standards Alliance, an organization consisting of hundreds of companies that create, maintain, and deliver open global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), today celebrates 20 years of innovation and collaboration – driving the next generation of home and commercial network connectivity forward.
"The secret to success for our members has been creating the right environment where companies, both large and small, can work side-by-side with an equal voice and energy to address the barriers to interoperability and growth in the IoT," said Tobin Richardson, President, and CEO of the Alliance. "What began as cutting edge work to create Zigbee, our reliable mesh networking standard, has expanded to include our latest IoT standard Matter. This is joined by industry leading efforts in Data Model development, Access Control, and creating strong Product Security. The Alliance's growth and reach reflects a holistic approach to solving the challenges of an ever-evolving IoT."
As a global standards organization, our key measures of success are adoption, certification, and the use of the standards created. In 2021, our membership grew by 38%, with members evenly distributed across the Americas, EMEA, and China/Asia Pacific regions. Year-to-date in 2022, another 60 companies have chosen to participate in Alliance work and adopt Alliance standards. In-market use shows there are currently more than 4,500 products and platforms that have been certified by the Alliance, with millions of Zigbee-capable devices in the market today. This positive trajectory will continue with Zigbee and with Matter, where according to ABI Research, within five years more than half of the world's key smart home devices will ship supporting Matter*.
"Alliance standards have been invaluable to the growth of smart homes and buildings, enabling reliable mesh networking and low-power solutions, with Zigbee Green Power, to reduce customers' and consumers' carbon footprint. Now, we are driving what's next in IP-based interoperability and IoT security, Over 20 years, we've had a positive environmental impact on our planet. Our impact has now even traveled beyond the bounds of earth's gravity with NASA using Zigbee technology for communication between the Mars rover and its companion drone."
Bruno Vulcano, Head of R&D at Legrand and Chair of the Alliance Board of Directors
Looking ahead at the next two decades, the Alliance will continue its mission to simplify and harmonize the IoT by creating standards and brands of trust for the industry and consumers alike. This fall, the Alliance is slated to formally introduce its latest standard, Matter, a common language and IP-based protocol for the IoT. Products incorporating the Matter standard will feature a unique logo, signifying interoperability with certified Matter products from any manufacturer.
About the Connectivity Standards Alliance
The Connectivity Standards Alliance, formerly the Zigbee Alliance, is the foundation and future of the Internet of Things (IoT). Established in 2002, its wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work and play. With its Members' deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions the Alliance is leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.