ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Ratified
Several San Juan Software team members have been hard at work on the ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 Specification and test plan. The update expands device integration, enhances user experience
and adds several important new features that improve the battery life for security sensors to over seven years, standardize pairing of devices and simplify installation and maintenance for consumers and custom installers alike. The update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is fully interoperable with the earlier versions of the standard. More
Huge Smartphone Sensors Set To Revolutionize Science
The latest Nokia NOK -1%
smartphone, the 1020, comes with a massive 41 megapixel camera
. At 41 megapixels we can get down to extremely granular detail on many things. The phone becomes the scientific instrument. We are already seeing this with many of the iPhone and Android accessories that attach cheap sensors to smartphones
, delivering distributed scientific and medical information capture. From a smart jacket that is an FDA approved EKG
for heart monitoring to water quality sensors, the phone is headed towards becoming an amazingly powerful data capture system to measure and monitor our physical world. Read More
ZigBee support coming to Samsung phones, HTC and others may follow suit
Samsung and HTC devices might in future incorporate support for ZigBee wireless technology - so your next Samsung Galaxy or HTC smartphone could directly control your automated home, according to Chris Hall of Pocket-lint Newsletter.
Connected Lighting Alliance taps ZigBee Light Link for residential controls
nected Lighting Alliance has formally selected ZigBee Light Link as the network and protocol of choice for connecting lighting products and controls in homes. The ZigBee standard isn’t specific to LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) but such products are especially amenable to controls, and the endorsement by the alliance should help broaden deployment of connected SSL in residential applications. Read More in LEDs Magazine
ZigBee Chipsets for Set-Top Box Remote Controls to Surpass 120 Million by 2017
July 18, 2013-- According to a report from Multimedia Research Group (MRG, Inc) ZigBee has found its place with the advent of home control services from cable and satellite providers. ZigBee will be the beneficiary of this new paradigm with a multitude of providers turning to the standard for their home control services. The immediate impact to ZigBee is the shift of providers to select ZigBee RF4CE as the connectivity standard for set-top box remote controls, laying the foundation for a much larger ZigBee network in the home.
While today's largest segment for ZigBee is smart meters with unit shipments of more than 30 million last year, MRG expects ZigBee in set-top box remote controls to be the largest segment for the technology by 2017 with more than 120 million units. ZigBee vendors will definitely benefit from home control and remote controls. More