THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - July 30, 2013 — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced a partnership with B&B Electronics and Jazz Wireless to provide a 3G Router/SIM Card bundle for low data customers developing industrial monitoring and control applications.
"As cellular technology becomes more accessible, M2M developers are continually searching for simple, easy-to use solutions," said Mark Zack, Vice President, Global Semiconductor Product at Digi-Key. "Jazz and B&B have created a unique solution, and we are excited offer it to our customers."
Built for plug-and-play simplicity with extensive remote management, deployment and customization options, the rugged SPECTRE 3G wireless router wirelessly extends local M2M networks connected via Ethernet 10/100, RS-232 or RS-422/485 with enhanced features such as Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU conversion. Users manage the router's robust configuration options through a secure and easy-to-use Web interface or a powerful scripting engine. A rugged metal casing with a wide operating range (-30 to 60°C) and DIN-rail mounts make the SPECTRE 3G ideal for M2M connectivity in harsh or remote environments.
Remote applications that require the ability to interface via serial communications, Ethernet or Wi-Fi in one box are very easy to set up and deploy. The router uses open standards such as IPSec and OpenVPN as connectivity options.
Jazz Wireless Data's sophisticated online data management portal allows users to easily monitor and manage their data plan, including purchasing additional time or data options for their SIM cards, or to transition the prepaid card to a monthly-based service at any time.
"The combination of the SIM card and our cellular router is possible due to Digi-Key's expertise in overcoming customer pain points, its extensive prototype and test capabilities, and its extensive inventory of electronic components," said Sean Harrigan, President and CEO, B&B Electronics. "With the recent addition of B&B's entire M2M connectivity product line, we look forward to a very bright future with Digi-Key."
This exciting bundle is available now for immediate shipment by visiting www.digikey.com.
About B&B Electronics
Founded in 1981, B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co., Inc. (www.bb-elec.com) provides M2M connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks based on serial, Ethernet, wireless and USB communication technologies. Specializing in connectivity out at the "edge" of networks in remote, harsh and uncontrolled environments, the company is known globally for its easy to use, rugged and reliable device networking products, as well as for its knowledgeable technical support and responsive customer service. B&B Electronics is located at 707 Dayton Road, P.O. Box 1040, Ottawa, IL 61350, 800-346-3119 and at www.bb-elec.com.
About Jazz Wireless Data
Jazz Wireless Data is a leading provider of wireless data solutions to the M2M industry. The company provides a wide range of wireless connectivity solutions allowing its customers and partners to optimize their own solutions. Offerings include customized rate plans, unique IP addressing schemes, real-time data monitoring and alerting schemes all accessed via an easy-to-use online management portal, IMPROV. www.jazzwirelessdata.com.
About Digi-Key Corporation
Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available on the Digi-Key website.