Cellular modem allows users to choose between 3G or 4G

Posted By : Alice Matthews
Cellular modem allows users to choose between 3G or 4G

Global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, Digi International, has announced the immediate availability of the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem, providing Original Equipment Manufacturers with global deployments the flexibility to easily implement solutions in regions currently offering 3G connectivity. Digi customers can simply drop this modem into their existing designs to instantly achieve 3G cellular integration, without the need for a complete redesign.

By adding the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem to their projects, users create a longer life design with flexibility to switch between wireless protocols, or upgrade to LTE-M or NB-IoT as those networks are deployed in certain regions. Featuring Digi TrustFence security, the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem offers Secure Boot, Encrypted Storage, Protected JTAG, and SSL/TLS 1.2, and is FCC/IC, PTCRB and AT&T certified, completely eliminating the cost, complexity, and risk involved in the certification process.

Programmable, with support for custom MicroPython applications running directly onboard, the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem allows developers to add features to their devices while eliminating the need for an external microcontroller in certain use-cases. The device can be configured locally with Digi’s XCTU configuration platform, or remotely with Digi Remote Manager. It also features low-power modes for battery-powered applications, and updates are made easy via over-the-air (OTA) updating.

“Continuing our commitment to providing designers and developers with the most flexible connectivity options for their worldwide deployments, the Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global embedded modem provides secure, reliable connectivity in a simple, compact footprint,” said Mike Rohrmoser, Director of product management, embedded systems and RF at Digi International. “It’s ideal for a wide range of 3G applications, and because it is based on an authentic XBee footprint, users can easily choose between it and a Digi 4G LTE modem depending on the region and use case for their connected products.”

Sicom Electronics International (SICOM), a Chilean designer and manufacturer of intelligent lighting solutions for public, industrial and commercial markets, is evaluating Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global for its outdoor LED lighting solutions. SICOM LED luminaires are designed to provide more energy-efficient and low-maintenance street lamps to replace existing sodium and metal halide lamps. Using Digi ZigBee and cellular connectivity, a technician can centrally measure and manage groups or individual street lights, reducing energy and maintenance costs by as much as 75%.

“We have been a Digi XBee customer for years and look forward to using Digi XBee Cellular 3G Global in our Citymesh wireless control platform to provide an easy way to connect and manage street lights that are deployed across large geographic areas,” said Carlos Bay-Schmith, Production Manager at SICOM. “Digi XBee Zigbee and the new Cellular module are enabling technologies that simplify and accelerate our customers’ access to data, saving time and money – which is what our core business is all about.”

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