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Is ZigBee right for you?

Posted: 13 Apr 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Industrial Scientific & Medical  ZigBee  mesh network 

The explosion of #LINKKEYWORD0# in recent years has allowed the emergence of several standards, especially in the Industrial Scientific & Medical (ISM) band. Among these emerging standards ZigBee is considered one of the most promising. Analysts are forecasting several hundreds of millions of ZigBee-enabled devices in coming years. Without a clear understanding of whether or not the ZigBee standard is the right fit for their application, many engineers have been developing new products based on the ZigBee platform. This article aims to help engineers answer a fundamental question when faced with selecting ZigBee technology: Is ZigBee the right technology platform for the next product to be developed?

The ZigBee standard is supported by a consortium of over 200 companies grouped under the name of ZigBee Alliance. The goals driving the ZigBee Alliance are the creation of a reliable, low-cost, low-power, open global standard for low data rate wireless solutions, while allowing multi-hop routing of data. The ZigBee standard through mesh network capability and AES 128-bit encryption provides support for self-healing and high security.

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