Digi releases battery-powered network protocol

Monday, 03 November, 2008

Digi International has introduced DigiMesh on 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz XBee-embedded RF modules.

DigiMesh is a peer-to-peer mesh networking protocol optimised for battery-powered networks. It simplifies mesh networking by providing features such as sleeping routers and support for dense networks.

It will be offered in addition to existing XBee point-to-multipoint and ZigBee mesh networking solutions as part of Digi’s comprehensive Drop-in Networking product line. 

“DigiMesh combines outstanding networking performance with ease of deployment and scalability,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice-president of global sales and marketing, Digi International.

“It was designed to overcome the specific limitations of other mesh networking protocols in applications requiring a battery-powered network, such as wireless sensor networking, building automation and tank monitoring.”

The DigiMesh protocol allows all devices to be put into a sleeping state to conserve power and all can simultaneously be a router and end device. This is suitable for situations where the sensors or devices are far from a sustainable power source and require the use of battery or power-harvesting technology, and also simplifies application deployment by improving scalability.


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