Wireless Applications

Digi Releases XBee Wireless, Battery-Powered Sensors

June 11, 2008

The integrated long-life ZigBee sensors expand the Drop-in Networking product line.


MINNETONKA, MN /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Digi International introduced XBee Sensors—battery-powered, long-life wireless sensors for easy integration into Drop-in Networking applications or ZigBee networks. ZigBee technology enables low-cost, low-power networking of devices in self-configuring, self-healing wireless mesh networks. Compact XBee sensors allow customers to easily collect real-time data from multiple nodes across a ZigBee network and are ideal for applications in building automation, security, energy management, food management, freight/vehicle monitoring, and many more.

"XBee sensors are half the size of a deck of cards, feature a long battery life and are easy to install," said Larry Kraft, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Digi International. "Within minutes, a customer can have a complete wireless sensor network up and running."

XBee sensors that monitor a combination of temperature and light or a combination of temperature, humidity, and light are available. The sensors are easy to integrate with Digi's Drop-in Networking family of gateways, adapters, and modules over a ZigBee network. Using a Python development environment that resides on Digi's ConnectPort X gateways, customers can monitor the sensors for events and triggers and make decisions based on the information. XBee Sensors currently support Digi's XBee ZNet 2.5 platform, with support for Digi's XBee ZB (ZigBee Pro Feature Set) platform targeted for Q3 2008. This improves compatibility with ZigBee-based products from other manufacturers.

For additional sensor options, Digi offers a broad line of externally or battery-powered plug-and-play Watchport sensors for Drop-in Networking that measure distance, proximity, humidity, temperature, acceleration/tilt, and the presence of water. Watchport sensors for Drop-in Networking integrate with Digi's XBee sensor adapter for wireless ZigBee connectivity.

The temperature/light XBee sensor is available now and lists for $125, and the temperature/humidity/light model is also available and lists for $165. For more information on XBee sensors, visit Digi's Web site. More information on Drop-in Networking is available online.

About Digi
Digi International, a leader in device networking for business, develops reliable products and technologies to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the Web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility, and quality and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and OEMs.

For more information, call 877-912-3444.

ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost effective, low-power, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance membership comprises technology providers and OEMs worldwide. Membership is open to all.


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