GE study: ZigBee is better than WiFi for smart grid home communications

A recent GE study on energy efficiency and wireless communication options for smart grid devices found that ZigBee is at least two times more cost-effective and efficient than Wi-Fi. "To realize the benefits of the smart grid, it is critical that the underlying communications technology consume as little power as possible," said David Najewicz, manager, external technology programs, GE Appliances, and one of the paper's authors. "Because of the widespread use of these communication technologies at the residential level in home area networks and in smart devices, the choice of technologies is critical." GE found the two technologies that best meet the overall performance and cost requirements for home-area network communications are Wi-Fi (802.11/n) and ZigBee (802.15.4). These were evaluated under typical HAN, smart-device conditions and in a configuration representative of future mass-production implementation. On average, the ZigBee system consumed 0.39 watts over a 24-hour period, while the Wi-Fi solution consumed more than twice (2.2 times) as much, a total of 0.87 watts over the same period.

Kramer Introduces RC -63DL 6 -Button Room Controller with Digital Volume Knob & LCD Group Labels

The RC-63DL room controller is an advanced, standalone, wall-mounted room controller that integrates audio, video, and room control into a centralized system.

Barix Debuts New Ethernet -Powered IP Speaker Device at ISE

Exstreamer P5 connects traditional speakers to IP Audio and SIP phone systems in residential and commercial environments; product design enables operation in high-temperature environments.

Crestron Dealers Dominate Commercial AV Industry, Comprise 49 of SCN Top 50 Systems Integrators in 2010

SCN Magazine's Annual Top 50 Systems Integrator Listing Sets the Standard for the Industry's Leading Commercial AV Dealers

D -Tools Announces D -Tools Intensive @ EHX

One day training event & user conference to co-locate with EHX: The CE Pro Event March 18, 2011

KEF and Netsertive Partner on Netsertive's Local Extend Program

Co-branded online ads drive highly targeted consumers directly to local Audio-Video retailers.

Atlona's CE Line to Take Center Stage at 2011 International CES

Lineup of Innovative Solutions to Include CES Debut of AT-AiR3 1080p Wireless USB to HDMI Converter for Convenient Viewing of Streaming Media on an HDTV

VidaBox Now Shipping the Ultimate iPad(R) Accessory: On -Wall Mounts With Integrated iPower(TM) Charging Station

Elegant Mounting Solutions Seamlessly Integrate iPad Into Any Environment For Complete System Control, While Multiple Units Are Easily Powered From a Single Location

GammaTech Introduces Its Newest Mobile Rugged, Convertible Notebook Computer

GammaTech Introduces Its Newest Mobile Rugged, Convertible Notebook Computer

CyberPower and AMD Announce Serious Hardware for Serious Gamers - - Radeon HD 6900 Series GPUs Deliver Twice the Power and Flawless Graphics

CyberPower Inc. today announced a series of high-end desktop gaming PCs based on AMD's new Radeon HD 6900 series graphics cards.

Lighting Group Northwest Signs on to Represent Crestron Electronics

Veteran Rep Firm to Sell and Promote Crestron Commercial Lighting Solutions

Autonomic Announces 2 -Source Cloud -Based Media Server

Autonomic Controls, Inc. has announced the MMS-2, a two-source digital audio player designed to stream local and online media to a broader reach around the globe.

2011 CES ENTERTAINMENT MATTERS KEYNOTE FEATURES TOP EXECUTIVES FROM AKAMAI, COCA -COLA, IPG AND WPP

New Program at CES Designed for Hollywood's Film, Television and Digital Communities to Feature Keynote Panel Moderated by MediaLink LLC's Michael Kassan

CAYIN Digital Signage Makes a Great First impression in Thailand Airport

CAYIN's digital signage players empower twenty-three LCD screens in Suvarnabhumi Airport, the biggest international airport in Thailand, to convey official announcements and commercial advertisements to visitors in Thailand.

Cabasse Introduces the Pacific 3SA: High -Performance, LF Powered Floorstander

StJohn Group is now shipping this reference model to the US and Caribbean

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