Digi International Uses LTE, not Wi-Fi, to Connect Digital Displays

First-time exhibitor at Digital Signage Expo this year, Digi International showcased its 4G LTE routers that connect digital signage, kiosks, vending machines and other devices over the cellular network.

When you see digital signage in a shopping center, restaurant or corporate lobby, that content may or may not be streaming live over the Internet.

If the content is live, more likely than not, the system is using Wi-Fi to stream it to the digital signage player. But that isn’t the only option.

At last week’s Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, Digi International showcased its routers that use 4G LTE for content distribution and delivery. A first-timer at the show, Digi showed its Digi TransPort WR11 LTE as part of the New Product Showcase as well as exhibiting on the show floor.

Digi calls itself an “M2M solutions expert, combining products and services as end-to-end solutions to drive business efficiencies.” The company produces a broad range of wireless products as well as a cloud computing platform for devices and development services.

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In some places, cellular data is more reliable than Wi-Fi. That’s where Digi comes in. The reasoning behind using the power of a cellular network, like speedy 4G LTE, is to allow any device to communicate with any application, anywhere in the world.

The company focuses on three markets: transportation, utilities and infrastructure, and retail. Digi has installations in 95 countries across six continents, mostly in areas where the cellular network is more easily accessible and reliable than Wi-Fi.

In September, Digi launched the world’s first carrier-agile M2M routers with Gobi 4G LTE technology. The router now supports multiple North American cellular network carriers within a single device via the Gobi chipset.

The routers can easily and reliably scale ATMs, kiosks, vending machines, digital signage and other devices across North America without worrying about what carrier and network type works best for each location.

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“As anyone with a cellphone knows, 3G and 4G LTE coverage can vary widely among carriers and locations,” says Jeff Liebl, chief marketing officer at Digi International. “Now, one product gives you the choice of three networks, making it easier than ever to deploy, manage, and scale cellular device networks throughout North America with confidence.”

Users can even remotely monitor, manage and configure remote devices with the Digi Remote Manager.

Additionally, as of Mar. 10, Digi is a part of the Peerless-AV Kiosk Partner Program. The partnership allows Peerless-AV’s new kiosks to be equipped with Digi TransPort routers for quick and efficient 4G LTE cellular connections. The company is currently the only cellular solutions provider in the program.

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