What is Zigbee?
ZigBee is a technology of data transfer in wireless networks. It has low energy consumption and is designed for multi-channel control systems, alarm systems, and lighting control.
Zigbee is the wireless language that everyday devices use to connect to one another. In fact, Zigbee could be at work in your home right now.
ZigBee is a wireless networking standard that is aimed at remote control and sensor applications which is suitable for operation in harsh radio environments and in isolated locations.
ZigBee technology builds on IEEE standard 802.15.4 which defines the physical and MAC layers. Above this, ZigBee defines the application and security layer specifications enabling interoperability between products from different manufacturers. In this way ZigBee is a superset of the 802.15.4 specification.
With the applications for remote wireless sensing and control growing rapidly it is estimated that the market size could reach hundreds of millions of dollars as early as 2007. This makes ZigBee technology a very attractive proposition for many applications.
ZigBee standards and ZigBee Alliance
The ZigBee standard is organised under the auspices of the ZigBee Alliance. This organisation has over seventy members, of which five have taken on the status of what they term "promoter." These five companies are Ember, Honeywell, Invensys, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Philips, and Samsung. Under the umbrella of the ZigBee Alliance, the new standard will be pushed forward, taking on board the requirements of the users, manufacturers and the system developers.
The distances that can be achieved transmitting from one station to the next extend up to about 70 metres, although very much greater distances may be reached by relaying data from one node to the next in a network.
The main applications for 802.15.4 are aimed at control and monitoring applications where relatively low levels of data throughput are needed, and with the possibility of remote, battery powered sensors, low power consumption is a key requirement. Sensors, lighting controls, security and many more applications are all candidates for the new technology.
Why should we use Zigbee?
Zigbee Improves Comfort
Zigbee works for you. Testing your temperature, controlling your lights, even opening your drapes; keeping your home the way you like it.
Zigbee Keeps You Secure
Zigbee watches your home when you can’t, alerting you to intruders, smoke, carbon monoxide, even water leaks. Protecting the things -and people- you care about.
Zigbee is Convenient
Zigbee is easy-to-use and extends your control. Control your home from the comfort of your couch or from the other side of the world.Applications of Zigbee Technology
Applications of Zigbee Technology
Industrial Automation: In manufacturing and production industries, a communication link continually monitors various parameters and critical equipments. Hence Zigbee considerably reduce this communication cost as well as optimizes the control process for greater reliability.
Home Automation: Zigbee is perfectly suited for controlling home appliances remotely as a lighting system control, appliance control, heating and cooling system control, safety equipment operations and control, surveillance, and so on.
Smart Metering: Zigbee remote operations in smart metering include energy consumption response, pricing support, security over power theft, etc.
Smart Grid monitoring: Zigbee operations in this smart grid involve remote temperature monitoring, fault locating, reactive power management, and so on.
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