Mumbai, India (PressExposure) March 31, 2009 -- Energy mandates will drive the convergence of ZigBee-based home automation and control applications with AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) applications. Automated meters will work in both dimensions, saving significant reading costs for the utilities and offer structured rate formulations. At the same time AMI allows the consumer/user himself to drastically channel energy uses to precise need times and volumes.
"The ZigBee-enabled HVAC controller in a consumer's home will be able to connect wirelessly to the ZigBee-enabled power meter, creating a use case for the consumer that includes being able to monitor individual power consumption," said Kirsten West, PhD, principal analyst with WTRS. "As these systems become more sophisticated they will make individual power cost settings possible on any given day, and allow the system to adjust its heating, air conditioning, and even lighting conditions to meet that price. Thus ZigBee has the potential to become the standard for automation and control in both the home and energy sectors." Â The WTRS ZigBee Emerging Technology Report Spring 2008 ([http://www.bharatbook.com/Market-Research-Reports/WTRS-ZigBee-Emerging-Technology-Report.html]) findings answer:
What are the competitive factors between ZigBee and proprietary wireless implementations?
How will ZigBee adopt into eleven potential market segments? What are the market drivers and inhibitors for ZigBee today? How will the maturation of ZigBee-related development tools accelerate adoption?
What role do energy mandates play in stimulating ZigBee market adoption? Is ZigBee ready for mass adoption?
ZigBee is a low data rate wireless protocol that is built upon the IEEE 802.15.4 specification. The protocol is applicable to a tremendously broad range of markets ranging from home automation to energy and even building automation. All of the potential applications for ZigBee are addressed by the ZigBee Alliance which is the independent standards body that is focused on the development of the ZigBee Network Layer and application profiles which tailor ZigBee to various potential applications.
ZigBee competes generally with proprietary implementations of the IEEE 802.15.4 specification, although in some sectors ZigBee is in competition with distinctly proprietary solutions such as the Wavenis protocol that targets building automation, or the ZWave protocol that is limited to home automation applications.
Market inhibitors for ZigBee today include the current slow economic growth in the U.S., as well as the emergence of a general industrial automation policy that is focused on an initially-proprietary implementation of the IEEE 802.15.4 specification developed by Dust Networks. This industrial automation policy serves to reduce the openness of the market to new players with ZigBee implementations. However, ZigBee has been brought into the industrial automation sector as a bridge to the BacNet protocol. Thus ZigBee may be used in limited industrial automation applications although the majority of implementations are likely to be based on the Dust Networks TSMP (time synchronized mesh protocol) specification.
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