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The ZigBee Alliance
Last month our readers showed an extreme interest in wireless, so this month I have decided to do a quick review of the ZigBee Alliance which is leading the new wave in wireless networking. From their web site http://www.zigbee.org/ I copied the following;
Objective The goal of the ZigBee Alliance is to provide the consumer with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into every day devices. ZigBee technology will be embedded in a wide range of products and applications across consumer, commercial, industrial and government markets worldwide. For the first time, companies will have a standards-based wireless platform optimized for the unique needs of remote monitoring and control applications, including simplicity, reliability, low-cost and low-power.
Mission and Objective are stated simply and the screen captures below from their ZigBee Overview show where the open standards focus is;
Short Range, Low Data Rate networking between the personnel area network; PAN and the local area network; LAN
ZigBee open standard is able to move text, graphics, and simple internet information
The screen capture below greatly increases our understanding of where this exciting new standard fits. It is not likely to replace BACnet or Lon but will compete at the lower Short Range, Low Data Rate networking level.
This next screen capture show the total impact of ZigBee reach with Short Range and Low Data Rate. Truly amazing!
Want to find out more View presentations from the May 19, 2004 Open House.
Their FAQs provide more insight.
Automatic Meter Reading
Wireless smoke and CO detectors
Blind, drapery and shade controls
Medical sensing and monitoring
Universal Remote Control to a Set-Top Box which includes Home Control
Industrial and building automation
This is the short story for more info step through all the valuable information on their web site http://www.zigbee.org/
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