Digi Introduces Sub $250 Customizable Cellular Gateway for Remote Asset Monitoring and Tracking
MINNETONKA, Minn. (Oct. 6, 2010)- Digi International  (NASDAQ: DGII) today introduced the Digi ConnectPort X3 , a low-cost, programmable cellular gateway for monitoring and tracking remote assets. Featuring flexible device interfaces, including ZigBee, RS-232 serial, analog and digital input/output (I/O) and Global Positioning System (GPS), the compact ConnectPort X3 provides global connectivity to remote devices and device/sensor networks via GSM GPRS cellular networks. The ConnectPort X3 is integrated with the iDigi Platform , a cloud-computing service that makes it easy to remotely manage devices and integrate device information into a company’s back-end systems and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
“The ConnectPort X3 is a low-cost solution for monitoring and managing remote equipment such as Smart Meters, storage tanks, security panels and variable message signs,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International. “The low price point and device interface flexibility enables a whole new set of remote asset and monitoring applications.”
The ConnectPort X3 features an optional embedded XBee  ZigBee module allowing the gateway to connect to a network of ZigBee-enabled wireless devices or sensors for local data aggregation over a cellular network. For example, in a tank farm application ZigBee sensors communicate tank level data to the ConnectPort X3 which then aggregates the data and sends it back to the tank monitoring systems over cellular networks. The ConnectPort X3 also features an optional analog I/O, digital I/O or RS-232 serial port for direct wired connectivity. Optional internal GPS is also available for asset tracking.
“The ConnectPort X3 connects our i-tank remote tank monitoring system,” said Mike Barcum, partner, i3G Corporation. “The gateway collects tank readings from ZigBee enabled sensors and sends the data to our i3G cloud over cellular. Our customers can then easily access their remote tank information through our customizable, Web-based tank monitoring application. The ConnectPort X3 makes it easy for us to connect to and manage remote tank monitoring systems of any size.”
The ConnectPort X3 features a fully integrated suite of development tools for end-to-end remote device customization, management and IT back office integration. Digi ESP provides a familiar Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for seamless installation, detection, debugging and customization of ConnectPort X3 applications. Using familiar Python scripting language and powerful Digi Dia framework, the ConnectPort X3 allows for rapid development of remote device applications. Fully integrated into iDigi, data from ConnectPort X3 connected devices can be hosted for pay-as-you-go remote management and/or integration into IT back office applications using industry standard web services.
The ConnectPort X3 is shipped iDigi ready and will be available Oct. 30 starting at $249 MSRP. Sample units are available now for qualified buyers. The ConnectPort X3 is certified by AT&T and works on virtually any GSM network around the world. It also features a best-in-class 5-year warranty. For more information about the ConnectPort X3, visit www.digi.com/x3 . For more information about iDigi, visit www.idigi.com .