An Introduction to Digi XBee/RF Communications for Remote Monitoring and Control for IoT Solution Development

18th September 2018

CENSIS, Inovo Building, 121 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD


Please join Solid State Supplies and Digi International for a free, interactive workshop; another in the seminar series brought to you by the CENSIS.

The IoT Centre at CENSIS helps companies overcome product development challenges to fast-track the creation of IoT products and services. In addition to a demonstration area and project development space, we offer regular seminars with high profile vendors to provide advice and guidance on how best to use their products to generate greater business efficiencies.

Based around the Digi XBee family this informative workshop will cover the principles of RF communications detailing some of the more common frequencies and protocols used. Participants will leave the workshop with all the knowledge required to start working on an XBee RF application to create solutions for monitoring and controlling sensors remotely enabling their IoT project.

The workshop is free to attend, and refreshments and lunch are included.


08:45 – Coffee and registration

09:00 – Welcome and Digi introduction

09:30 – Introduction to RF technologies

  • RF basics
  • Available frequencies and topologies
  • Detailed overview of protocols such as ZigBee, 802.15.4 and DigiMesh

10:30 – Digi RF product overview

  • Digi XBee module product family
  • XBee RF Gateways
  • Introduction to the new Smart Sized XBee3 Series modules
  • Benefits and features of the Digi solution (including AT and API modes)

11:30 – Hands-on 1: Getting started with the XBee embedded module

  • Using the X-CTU software for configuration and communication
  • XBee API messaging example
  • Performing a range test

12:30 – Lunch break and tour of CENSIS IoT Demo Centre

13:30 – Introduction to Digi Device Cloud for remote management and data communication

14:00 – Hands-on 2: XBee ZigBee cloud kit

  • Getting started with the kit
  • Using and extending the kit with additional RF components
  • Remote access with Digi Device Cloud

15:45 – RF M2M Design Guide

  • Best practices & criteria for designing an RF network
  • Example network design including “working principle”
  • Advanced network features such as many-to-one routing

16:30 – Q&A, close

Accommodation and further details

I want to attend. If you wish to attend our free seminar you must register through our website, we will send you an acknowledgement to confirm your registration and provide joining details.

What if I cannot come? If you have registered and subsequently cannot attend we ask that you let us know by sending an email to as soon as possible so that we can open the space to another registrant. If you haven’t registered because you can’t make it but would like to be kept informed of future seminars please email us with this request to

Costs. While the seminar is free, attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Cancellation. In the very unlikely event that we have to postpone or cancel the seminar for whatever reason we will try to provide you with as much notice as possible. We take no liability for any travel, accommodation or any other losses incurred by you should we postpone or cancel the seminar.

Kit promotions. Limited to one kit per company, orders must be received no later than two weeks after the workshop. We will aim to dispatch your kit within two weeks of your order. The promotional price includes shipping but excludes VAT.

Accommodation. If you need somewhere to stay there are several hotels within a short walking distance from the venue.


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