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Global Rail Technology Provider Connects Wireless Systems to the Cloud to Control and Monitor Solutions

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OEM Technology Solutions implements Device Cloud by Etherios to create efficiencies for rail systems around the world

MINNETONKA, Minn., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) and Etherios, a division of Digi International, today announced its customer of over 20 years, OEM Technology Solutions, will use Device Cloud by Etherios™ to further its offerings in preventative customer service and condition-based monitoring on rail systems throughout the world.

OEM Technology Solutions equipment powers over 20,000 systems in rail cars in 20 countries. The company's customers, major rail operators, are often faced with rail car downtime, which leads to an increase in costs and reduction in revenue. By implementing a connected rail solution, OEM Technology Solutions provides its customers with a smarter way to decrease downtime due to unplanned maintenance. Device Cloud by Etherios, a platform-as-a-service that provides two-way communication between any device and the cloud, allows products to proactively communicate issues via the Web without the need for human intervention. This intelligence enables companies to move to a preventative-based service model that drives down operational costs and increases top-line revenue as asset uptime increases.  

"In order for us to offer preventative service, or conditioned-based monitoring technology, we needed a way to connect our controllers to the Internet. Digi's products provided that wireless connectivity," said Richard Gobee, Managing Director, OEM Technology Solutions. "We're very excited about our new products that are enabled to use Device Cloud by Etherios. Rail systems are expected to be one of the fastest and most efficient means of transportation, and the Internet of Things makes that a reality. Device Cloud by Etherios enables us to offer the Internet of Things as a solution to customers to simply and cost effectively benefit from operational efficiencies."

Digi International and Etherios offer the most comprehensive M2M end-to-end solution, enabling customers to choose from a full suite of products and services, from hardware to application integration. For example, OEM Technology Solutions first turned to Digi International for its hardware, such as the ConnectCore Wi-9C embedded wireless module and Digi Transport WR44 cellular gateway to enable its products wirelessly. The wireless connectivity allows vendors and rail operators to gather information remotely, so they can understand how assets are working or not working. Now, Device Cloud by Etherios makes that information even more accessible and actionable by making it available via the web.

"Asset utilization and incident management are major issues for the modern rail operator. Device Could by Etherios connectivity provides remote access to critical train data such as location, speed, equipment status and other information via the web, which allows train operators to improve their operations," Richard Gobee, Managing Director, OEM Technology Solutions said.

"OEM Technology Solutions represents a customer that is capitalizing on our end-to-end M2M offering, said Joel Young, CTO and senior vice president of research and development, Digi International. "Cloud enabling products was a natural next step for OEM Technology Solutions and their customers, and we were able to support their vision seamlessly by adding Device Cloud by Etherios connectivity to their products. Any device can be connected to Device Cloud by Etherios with the Etherios Cloud Connector."

For more information about Device Cloud by Etherios, visit: http://www.etherios.com/products/devicecloud/

About OEM Technology Solutions

Established in 1993, OEM Technology Solutions is in the business of providing technology solutions for Original Equipment Manufacturers and end users in the Rail, Transport and Industrial markets. Using a combination their own proprietary hardware items and third party components OEM develops wireless monitoring and control systems for essential subsystems such as video surveillance, passenger information, driver advice, speed measurement, air conditioning, fire detection, door control and lighting. By giving their customers access to actual real time operating data via the Internet they assist them to increase their product or system effectiveness, consequently leading to their improved bottom line.  For more information, visit OEM's website at www.oem.net.au, or call +61-2-9966-9424.

About Digi International

Digi International is the M2M expert, combining products and services as end-to-end solutions to drive business efficiencies. Digi provides the industry's broadest range of wireless products, a cloud computing platform tailored for devices and development services to help customers get to market fast with wireless devices and applications.  Digi's entire solution set is tailored to allow any device to communicate with any application, anywhere in the world.  For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444.

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