Profile: Digi International Inc (DGII.O)
5 Dec 2013
Digi International Inc. operates in the communications technology industry. It helps customers connect, monitor and control local or remote electronic devices over a network through the Internet or through satellite. Its products are divided into two categories: non-embedded and embedded product groupings. The embedded products include modules, chips, software and development tools, single-board computers, satellite communication products and engineering design services. Non-embedded products include cellular routers, cellular gateway products, wireless communications adapters, serial servers, console servers, universal serial bus (USB) connected products, remote display products and serial cards. It provides provisioning tools; smart energy profile certified products, such as gateways and modules, the iDigi platform and other services; its partners provide devices, such as meters and in-home displays and application integration. Digi Tank solutions include its wired and wireless communication gateways, ZigBee modules and ZigBee adapters; the iDigi platform, which provides management, messaging and storage services to connect remote assets and enterprise applications; iDigi Device Integration Application (iDigi Dia) device connection software; iDigi application partners, with ready-to-implement tank management applications, and Digi Professional Services for device and solution design, deployment planning, integration and optimization. Digi Fleet is the third Digi solution bundle. Its rugged mobile gateways with support for wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), cellular, ZigBee and satellite technologies, as well as the iDigi platform and Digi Professional Services, Digi Fleet solutions provide tracking, monitoring and management of mobile assets. In November 2012, the Company purchased Etherios, Inc.
Embedded Networking Products
The Company’s modules are divided into two categories: processor modules and communications modules. Processor modules provide customers with a networked platform for use as the main processor in an embedded system and the flexibility to add in custom features and functionality. These modules are core processors for products, such as access control systems, smart energy devices, point-of-sale (POS) systems, radio frequency identification (RFID) readers, medical devices and instrumentation and networked displays. Communication modules are for network-enabling and Web-enabling a device. They enable customers to accommodate both wired and wireless functionality in one product design. Adding wired or wireless network communication to a device allows companies to manage that device over a network or through the Internet. Its chips are the building blocks for its embedded and non-embedded products. It provides software and tools for a range of operating environments and developer skill sets. These include Linux and Microsoft Windows Embedded CE, as well as its own Net+OS, Dynamic C and Python based iDigi Dia. Single-board computers (SBCs) are systems on a single circuit board. These are a programmable box product without the enclosure. Its satellite communication products provide global satellite data transmit/receive capabilities for customers involved in satellite-based tracking and industrial remote communications. Operating over the ORBCOMM low-earth orbit satellite network, these products allow clients to monitor, track and manage their fixed and mobile assets globally.
Non-Embedded Networking Products
The Company’s cellular router connects remote sites and devices. All of its cellular products include a remote management platform that provides secure management of devices across remote networks. In addition, application connectivity, management and customization are enabled through the iDigi platform for many of these products. The Company’s gateway products, part of its Drop-in Networking solution, enable devices or groups of devices to be networked in locations where there is no existing network or where access to a network is prohibited. All of its gateway products are linked with iDigi for secure management of devices across remote networks, application connectivity and customization. Its wireless communication adapters are box products that utilize a range of wireless protocols for personal computers (PC)-to-device or device-to-device connectivity. Wireless communication adapters plug into iDigi for remote management, application connectivity and customization. Serial Servers add wired or wireless network connectivity to a serial device. They transfer data between a serial port and an Ethernet network, turning a previously isolated device with a serial port into a collaborative network component. Its intelligent console servers enable customers to access, monitor or manage their network devices across multiple sites, both remotely over the network or through their console ports even during network outages.
The Company’s USB-to-serial converters enable customers to expand a single USB port into multiple serial ports to connect legacy peripheral devices. The product line also includes USB hubs that add additional USB or powered USB ports, which are used in retail environments, and a network-enabled hub that connects USB devices over an Internet protocol (IP) network. A serial card plugs into the expansion slot of a computer to provide serial ports for device connectivity. Its products support a range of operating systems, port densities, bus types, expansion options and applications. As Ethernet connections extend beyond applications, the serial card products transitioning to network-attached and/or USB-attached devices.
The Company provides a range of services. Its services are included under its embedded product grouping as they are not material to its consolidated financial statements. iDigi is an machine-to-machine (M2M) network operating platform, used by software developers and organizations for supporting the network. iDigi is used to connect enterprise applications to remote devices. The Digi m-Trak mobile asset tracking solution provides fleet monitoring and management. The Digi m-Trak system ensures constant, on-demand access to fleet information at any time, from any place. Digi m-Trak is available in India, and parts of the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Through its subsidiary, Spectrum Design Solutions, Inc. (Spectrum), it offers engineering design services to customers that are challenged with their wireless development projects. It has experience in wireless technologies, such as global system for mobile communication (GSM), code division multiple access (CDMA), global positioning system (GPS), Wi-Fi and radio frequency (RF), as well as application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design, field programmable gate array (FPGA) integration, embedded software and turn-key product development.
The Company’s products, including Digi X-Grid solutions, simplify and accelerate the integration of energy management systems with remote energy assets. These energy management systems are for smart grid initiatives encompassing both energy distribution and energy consumption management. Its products enable companies to network-enable existing products in the field without replacing hardware or rewriting existing application software and are used in automated meter reading (AMR), automated meter intelligence (AMI), energy management services, distribution automation and other smart energy applications. Its wireless tank monitoring/management solutions help companies to integrate, manage and monitor remotely deployed tanks of liquids, solids and gases. It offers end-to-end wireless hardware, a software platform and services. Using a combination of cellular, satellite, Wi-Fi and ZigBee wireless connectivity, these solutions provide asset management. The Company provides equipment and applications for connecting and tracking commercial vehicles, focused on long-haul trucking, but extending to other areas of public and private fleets, including taxis, public transit, emergency service vehicles, heavy equipment and others. Applications also include container/traffic tracking, stolen vehicle recovery, and recording driver behavior metrics. It provides a way to network-enable medical equipment and devices to receive, monitor and access patient information utilizing the hospital’s existing Ethernet or wireless network.
Digi International Inc
11001 Bren Road East
MINNETONKA MN 55343