XBee goes further

25 November 2008

An 868MHz wireless module and device adapter for European M2M markets has been launched.

Digi International has introduced XBee-PRO 868 embeddable RF modules and standalone device adapters; XBee products that provide up to 40 kilometers of RF line-of-sight (LOS) transmission.

The products are claimed to be suitable for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications in challenging terrain or long-range environments such as remote sensor networks, building automation applications, Automatic Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Customers using the XBee-PRO 868 can easily migrate to other XBee solutions including pin-compatible 900MHz options used primarily in North America, and 2.4GHz ZigBee and proprietary options available globally.

The XBee-PRO 868 operates on the 868MHz Short Range Device (SRD) G3 band for Europe, providing comparable RF range characteristics as 900MHz solutions in the United States of America. Where similar 2.4GHz devices are limited to 10mW of transmission power, the XBee-PRO 868 is capable of 500mW of EIRP (equivalent isotropically radiated power). In addition, it features multiple antenna options, over-the-air configuration, 128bit AES encryption for security, and an industrial temperature rating of -40ºC to 85ºC.

In addition to OEM RF modules, serial and USB device adapters are also available, and an analogue I/O and digital I/O adapter are also in development. These adapters allow customers to use XBee technology through a common hardware interface without the need for embedded development. In addition, Digi’s line of ConnectPort X gateways with XBee-PRO 868 technology will be available in Q1 2009 allowing customers to access XBee-PRO 868 networks via Ethernet, Wi-Fi and cellular backhaul networks.

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