Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity Box Speaks ZigBee Smart Home

    March 31, 2014 Samsung is building Comcast Xfinity a set-top box with integrated smart home abilities, a new test filing confirms, with the prototype packing ZigBee among other wireless options. The new box, model number SX021AN, includes the mesh-networking radio - which is used in Philips' hue color-changing bulbs, among other things - along with WiFi b/g and Bluetooth. More

eInfochips and Kroger Unveil ZigBee-based 'Retail Site Intelligence' for Stores of the 21st Century

 LAS VEGAS - International Security Conference and Expo, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --eInfochips, a global product engineering company; The Kroger Co. (KR), one of the world's largest retailers and Wincor Nixdorf (WIN), one of the world's leading providers of IT solutions and services to retail banks and the retail industry today introduced a new enterprise IT architecture called Retail Site Intelligence (RSI).  This architecture for stores of the 21st century uses ZigBee® wireless mesh networks to integrate long battery life sensors, hand held devices, point-of-sale devices and video management software into a next generation platform for retail applications such as loss prevention, store automation and analytics. The companies will demonstrate the RSI video management solution in booth #6141 at ISC West 2014. More

Why Google is Working on Home Mesh Networking

Google Mesh Networking March 11, 2014  NEWS ANALYSIS: Google's Sundar Pichai, in an on-stage interview at the SXSW show, drops broad hints that his company is working on home mesh networking for multiple applications. When asked about the company’s recent acquisition of Nest, which makes smart thermostats and talking smoke detectors, he said that Nest devices could be part of a “mesh layer” Google may be working on. A little over a year ago, Google released the 4.2.2 update to Android. Sharp-eyed sleuths noticed a telling comment in the code: “Allows access to the loop radio (Android@Home mesh network) device.” Read more
A little over a year ago, Google released the 4.2.2 update to Android. Sharp-eyed sleuths noticed a telling comment in the code: “Allows access to the loop radio (Android@Home mesh network) device.” - See more at: http://www.eweek.com/cloud/why-google-is-working-on-home-mesh-networking.html#sthash.OhVBXHHN.dpufA little over a year ago, Google released the 4.2.2 update to Android. Sharp-eyed sleuths noticed a telling comment in the code: “Allows access to the loop radio (Android@Home mesh network) device.”
When asked about the company’s recent acquisition of Nest, which makes smart thermostats and talking smoke detectors, he said that Nest devices could be part of a “mesh layer” Google may be working on. - See more at: http://www.eweek.com/cloud/why-google-is-working-on-home-mesh-networking.html#sthash.OhVBXHHN.dpuf

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50 Million Wireless Smart Homes and Buildings by 2018

Wireless sensor network technologies such as ZigBee, will enable 50 million smart homes and buildings worldwide by 2018, according to recent research by ON World. Annual shipments of WSN devices for smart homes and buildings will increase by more than 600% the next five years.  The top three markets are Energy Management: ZigBee and WiFi will make up two-thirds of the global WSN chipset shipments for home and building energy management;  Smart Lighting: Annual revenues for wireless smart lighting in residential and commercial buildings will reach $2 billion in 2017 up from under $300 million in 2012.  ZigBee will be the dominant wireless smart lighting technology over the next five years and make up over half of the WSN shipments for residential and commercial applications at this time. Safety & Security: Fifty-three percent (53%) of the respondents with a professional security monitoring service indicate they would pay $20 or more per month for a home control and automation service compared with 35% with a cable TV service. See ON World’s recently published, “Smart Building Set,”.