Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M smart modem and development kits now available

Scott Nelson of Digi International

Digi International, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, announced the immediate availability of the Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M development kits, featuring Digi’s next-generation smart cellular modem.

This LTE-M certification, to be followed by the certification of Digi XBee3 Cellular NB-IoT in October 2018, allows Digi to bring one of the first LPWAN, software-defined technology-agile modems capable of offering Cat-M or NB-IoT on a single, compact footprint. Designed to be customer-configurable, developers can easily standardise and future proof their IoT designs by simply changing modems and SIMs to leverage different wireless protocols without having to redesign hardware for different regions or applications.

Ushering in a much more simplified way of testing designs and incorporating cellular connectivity into wireless solutions, the new Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M smart modem is integrated into the development kit via a 20-pin Digi XBee socket, ultimately allowing for solution connectivity via millions of sockets already deployed around the globe. The module can also be easily configured and controlled from a centralised platform such as the Digi Remote Manager.

Supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and TrustFence secured

Digi International is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), and the Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M is a smart cellular modem supported by AWS IoT Core.

With built-in Digi TrustFence security, the module’s identity and data privacy features use more than 175 controls to protect against new and evolving cyber threats. It also provides the tools to secure connected devices, including data in motion with TLS 1.2 encryption and bi-directional authentication – required for AWS IoT connectivity.

Digi XBee3 cellular LTE-M smart modem capabilities

  • FCC certified and carrier end-device certified
  • Integrated MicroPython programmability
  • Up to 180 days of free cellular service with development kits*
  • Excellent coverage and building penetration
  • Low power consumption optimised for long battery life
  • Direct USB provides easy PPP integration option
  • Enhanced with Digi TrustFence security framework
  • Manage and configure with XCTU and Digi Remote Manager
  • Digi XBee Transparent and API modes simplify design
  • Reduced hardware complexity with only one antenna required

Development kit availability

The Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M smart modem development kit is now available for evaluation and testing. The kit includes one Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M embedded modem, one XBee3 development board, one active SIM, up to six months of free cellular service, antennas and power supply, and Digi’s full library of documentation and examples.

Video tutorial

Click the link for a tutorial on connecting Digi XBee3 Cellular LTE-M to AWS IoT using MQTT and TLS 1.2 encryption. Everything needed is included in the development kit.

“The LPWAN marketplace now has access to an FCC and carrier end-device certified cellular smart modem that provides true Smart Edge IoT capabilities,” said Digi’s chief product officer Scott Nelson. “In addition to LPWA network agility, our Digi XBee3 modems have partitioned computing power for processing data at the network edge. The authentic Digi XBee footprint and end-device certifications allow for easy connection to IoT networks around the globe and help ensure future-proof, region-proof designs on new wireless technologies as they emerge.”

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