The Real Smart Home consists of sentrollers - sensors, controllers and actuators like motion sensors, temperature sensors, smoke detectors, humidity sensors, leakage detectors, light sensors, etc., are all connected to the internet. Cloud based apps receive this data and compares it with expected or desired values, and then transmits a signal to the home actuators which control the various systems.
Zigbee and the "Really Smart" Home
Cees Links | GreenPeak Technologies
What is ZigBee? How does it compare to WiFi and Bluetooth?
ZigBee can be best understood as low-power WiFi. ZigBee is a low-power standard protocol that we expect will be found in the future in every home for connecting sentrollers: sensors and controllers like thermostats, light switches, motion detectors, electronic door locks, etc. The key characteristic for ZigBee is its long battery life. Whereas WiFi networks are focused on high bandwidth and are very suitable for internet access (content sharing and distribution), ZigBee networks are for the Smart Home, enabling low power, low data rate applications in which the battery life is longer than the life of the product.
What new services will home owners get as a result of the Smart Home and ZigBee?
What is the operator’s view of the Smart Home? How do cable operators and service providers see the Smart Home rolling out?
What is a sentroller and why should we care? Why will the Smart Home will create an expanding market for sentroller device developers?
Is the ZigBee smart home solution compatible with other devices and systems that a home may already have installed?
How will the new Open Smart Home Framework make it easier for smart home device manufacturers to develop new products for a global market?
What devices and controllers will be required for a Really Smart Home and what will they do?
Energy Management is a key element of today’s smart home concept. Can a really smart home actually manage energy or does it just monitor it like many of the current EMS systems?
Are there devices to interface with a solar energy system in a home?
How will the Internet of Things impact ZigBee and the Smart Home?
Just like WiFi started at home (remember Apple’s iBook and Airport), and from there ventured into enterprises (“enterprise hardened”, into the industrial space (“industry hardened”), we expect that ZigBee will start at home with the Smart Home but will expand from there into many neighboring areas, into building automation, industrial automation, etc. The Internet of Things exists of many things connected with many technologies – but definitely, ZigBee will play a key-role!
About Cees Links, Founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies
The content & opinions in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of HomeToys
The Qorvo Wireless Connectivity business unit is one of the leading developers of wireless semiconductor system solutions for connected devices, with a broad range of advanced RF chips and software for smart home data communications and the IoT.
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