One Wireless Standard to Rule Them all, ZigBee 3.0

  • Posted on: 10 December 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

The last time I checked Zigbee was up to ten standards, all based on different solutions or sector depending on the use of the product.  Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) was the last one I heard about.  with some standards and the possible that one manufactore might might manufacture for different makrets can mean a lot of work.  The ZigBee Alliance has seen this and has unified all its wireless standards under one standard called ZigBee 3.0.

Novabase and Entropic Launched SAT-IP Home Gateway

  • Posted on: 15 November 2014
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

Novabase and Entropic have created a new home gateway, which they said is unlike any other device on the market today. They have collaborated to develop a SAT-IP gateway with home automation features.  The solution is part of an industry initiative to allow satellite broadcasting to IP base devices.

Other SAT-IP solution are available; however the new home gateway according to Novabase and Entropic, is the industry's first to integrate home automation, SAT-IP in a power plug form factor.

ZigBee Wants To Standardize Smart Grid Neighborhood Area Networks (NAN)

  • Posted on: 27 January 2014
  • By: chw staff

ZigBee Alliance has announced that a number of his members are working of developing a standard for the NAN.  NAN is defined as a utility's last-mile, outdoor access network that connects smart meters and other utility devices to Wide Area Network (WAN) communication points. ZigBee pointed out that an important of the NAN standardization is to help seamless interoperability between utilities and product manufacturers.

ECHONET and ZigBee To Develop Certification Program

  • Posted on: 1 July 2013
  • By: chw staff

echonetZigbee Alliance and the ECHONET consortium have recently announced plans to develop a certification program for products based on ECHONET standards.  This will be based on ECHONET Lite products using the ZigBee IP wireless mesh networking communications protocol.  Now designers and implementers will have the peace of mind knowing that products that are certified meet the required standards to interoperate seamlessly.

DiUS Unveils Electric Vehicle Charger, ChargeIQ

  • Posted on: 20 November 2012
  • By: chw staff

Vistor to this month’s Australia and New Zealand Smart Utilities Conference will see the world’s first certified smart grid Electric Vehicle (EV) charger. Create by DiUS Computing, the ChargeIQ an intelligent charger that communicate with Smart Meters and adjust the electric vehicle’s charging load based current demand. ChargeIQ is certified to the Zigbee communications standard and is used by Victoria’s smart meters.

Freescale Offers Dual-Network Functionality for ZigBee Networks

  • Posted on: 8 October 2012
  • By: admin

At this year’s Metering, Billing/CRM Europe Freescale is showcasing a new generation of its Kinetis wireless solutions that offers dual-PAN (personal area network) functionality. The Kinetis KW20 wireless microcontrollers (KW21D256V, KW21D512V and KW22D512V) will allow a single device to seamlessly connect and actively participate in two separate networks.

Greenpeak Offers First Dual-Protocol Zigbee Chip, GP710

  • Posted on: 10 September 2012
  • By: chw staff

Makers of set-top boxes, gateways and smart home controllers with Zigbee RF4CE should now find it easier to integrate home automation into their smart home products.  That is because Greenpeak, a semiconductor company has release a new chip (GP710) that supports Zigbee RF4CE and Zogbee IP/Zigbee PRO protocols.  Therefore, products developed with the GP710 chip will be able to extend their functionality within the home.

ZigBee Certified Products Up 60 Percent

  • Posted on: 11 June 2012
  • By: chw staff

zigbeeZigBee this month is celebrating passing the landmark of having over 500 ZigBee Certified products on the market.  Within a short of period of one year, ZigBee have seen a 60 percent increase in certified products. ZigBee certification covers all areas of the connected home ecosystem, to ensure that different manufacturers’ solution interoperate with each other.