Selecting The Best Option For Your IoT Device - ZigBee
At the forefront of the IoT is ZigBee, a standards-based wireless technology that is intended to meet the needs of device-to-device communications. ZigBee has the advantage of being low-power, which means that it enables battery-operated devices to operate for several years. By using mesh networking technology, it also eliminates single points of failure. Another benefit of ZigBee is the standardization at all levels of the network, which allows devices from different vendors to work together seamlessly. ZigBee operates in the 2.4-GHz frequency band.
The ZigBee Alliance, which was established in 2002, is responsible for creating ZigBee standards. Its members come from all types of organizations all across the world. “The ZigBee Alliance is an organization of over 425 member companies that create, maintain, and deliver specifications, standards, and solutions for the wireless IoT market,” says Mark Walters, vice president of strategic development, ZigBee Alliance. “We provide and administer many different technologies ranging from simple low-cost, low-latency point-to-point technology ideally suited for consumer electronic remote controls (ZigBee RF4CE) to highly efficient and secure low-power mesh networking (ZigBee PRO) solutions to highly sophisticated and ultra-secure mesh networks based on Internet Protocols used by governments and utilities worldwide.”
ZigBee 3.0, is based on our ZigBee PRO mesh network. It incorporates all previously used application profiles into a singular, interoperable solution, thus making technology selection and market selection simple. The ZigBee Alliance provides complete end-to-end solutions, including the network specification or standard, the application layer and device definition, test plans and tools, and certification programs as well as branding and logo programs. This not only provides for powerful product solutions, but for interoperable market ecosystems as well.”
The large number of ZigBee certified products includes a multitude of home-automation and smart-energy products. “ZigBee-based solutions have been in the market for more than 12 years with continuous improvement throughout that time—and ship on the order of 400 million devices a year,” says Walters. “Advantages of ZigBee-based technologies/solutions include support from multiple manufacturers and suppliers.”
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