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Digi International Introduces new routers and software to tackle IoT connectivity and 5G

Digi International has launched several new cellular routers and extenders, designed to meet the connectivity needs of organisations in the transportation and enterprise marketplaces:

The Digi TX54 and Digi TX64 mark the launch of the company's TX line of transportation and intelligent traffic system routers, while the Digi EX12 cellular extender joins the Digi EX15 in supporting indoor, enterprise use cases, particularly in signage, retail and food service markets.

Digi now has routers that include 5Ge/Gigabit LTE (Cat 18) radios, Band 71 and CBRS connectivity, 5G readiness, and are FirstNet Ready.

These products are intended to address the shifting needs of the IoT marketplace and features have been revamped to better align with customer needs. On supported Digi devices, additional flexibility is available with the Digi CORE plug-in module, so there is no need to replace the whole unit, rather it is possible to swap the Digi CORE to the LTE standard needed.

Digi’s new TX54, TX64 and EX12 are supported by Digi Accelerated Linux (DAL), Digi’s secure operating system. This release adds multicasting, expands routing protocols, and – critical for transportation applications – offers dual APN capabilities and supports dynamic DNS updates.

In terms of Edge Compute, each new router comes with Python built-in, allowing users to add intelligence on the device – from simple scripts to full-fledged IoT applications.

Digi Remote Manager provides for centralised device deployment, monitoring and control, while Digi TrustFence, a built-in security framework, protects internal and external I/O ports to prevent unwanted local intrusion. TrustFence also provides data authentication and device identity management options and utilises the latest encryption protocols for data in motion and over-the-air (OTA) transmissions to ensure the integrity of data flowing across a network.

“We’re unveiling a number of new networking devices and that will only continue throughout the year as we work to align with customer needs and the next generation of IoT applications in public safety, transportation, smart cities, retail, and beyond,” said Brian Kirkendall, Vice President, Product Management, Digi International.

Designed for transportation, intelligent traffic system (ITS), and public safety applications, the Digi TX54 and Digi TX64 are built to make smart cities a reality. In traffic systems, these routers lay the connectivity groundwork needed for traffic monitoring and optimisation for connected and even self-driving car capabilities in the future. Dual cellular and dual Wi-Fi makes them suitablel for on-transit-vehicle connectivity by both eliminating network downtime with immediate cellular failover and providing simultaneous, firewalled passenger and administrator connectivity to meet the demands of modern riders without jeopardizing the transit organization’s operations.

Additionally, the Digi TX64 with its dual Gigabit LTE (Cat 18) radios is ready for 5G as part of AT&T’s 5G rollout.

Essentially, it is an Industrial computer with a Quad-core 1.9 GHz processor, with added routing capabilities. This creates new capabilities outside that of a traditional router for local file streaming and storage, to facilitate applications such as onsite camera monitoring, emergency response kits, and Wi-Fi for on-board transit applications.

Neil Tyler

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