Digi Introduces XBee Battery-Powered Wireless Sensors

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) 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[tm] 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 now and lists for $165. For more information about XBee sensors, visit www.digi.com/products/wirelessdropinnetworking/sensors/xbee-sensors.jsp. For more information about Drop-in Networking, visit www.digi.com/products/wirelessdropinnetworking/.

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About Digi International
Digi International, the 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 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).