Digi, Wind River create cloud-based M2M services based on Intel architecture

Digi International and Wind River, on Tuesday announced a collaboration to deliver a new family of cloud-connected wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The M2M Solution Builder kits will include a combination of hardware, software, cloud connectivity and access to tailored M2M development services.



Digi International and Wind River, on Tuesday announced a collaboration to deliver a new family of cloud-connected wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The M2M Solution Builder kits will include a combination of hardware, software, cloud connectivity and access to tailored M2M development services.


It is expected that by 2015, intelligent M2M systems will account for more than one-third of the volume of all embedded systems worldwide, according to IDC, a market intelligence firm. From real-time traffic data communicated to a vehicle’s GPS, to remote health monitoring systems transmitting data to a doctor’s computer, to smart meters transmitting data on utility usage, the spectrum of ways in which intelligence from remote machines can and will be used is vast.


 “The M2M industry is in need of a complete end-to-end solution to accelerate market adoption,” said Jim Robinson, general manager of operations and marketing for intelligent systems at Intel (Santa Clara, Calif., USA).


The M2M Solution Builder kit will integrate performance and connectivity in a fanless and compact form factor. It is suited for a wide variety of applications such as transportation, smart energy, building automation, access control, security/surveillance, m-health, digital signage, kiosks, and fixed/mobile asset tracking/management, says Digi (Minnetonka, Minn., USA).


The M2M Solution Builder kit will feature: then Intel Atom processor E6204; Wind River (Alameda, Calif., USA) Linux environment with an M2M software development kit (SDK); and iDigi Connector integration, which allows a device to integrate with the iDigi Device Cloud, a cloud infrastructure for remote device management and cloud-based information.


The service comes with a range of connectivity options, including certification to 2G/3G cellular, dual-stream 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.15.4, dual HDMI, audio, USB 2.0, internal MicroSD card slot, up to four internal PCI Express Mini Card slots, and an integrated low-power three-axis accelerometer.  Future options are expected to include 4G/LTE cellular connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, ZigBee, and Solid State Disk (SSD) storage, says Digi.