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ZigBee is an open standard for a low-cost, low-power, wireless mesh network targeted at the wide development of devices for wireless control and monitoring applications. It's backed by some of the worlds biggest companies, including Philips, Nest, Samsung, Texas, Siemens & Whirlpool.
The ZigBee technology is currently being built into millions of Home Automation & smart energy devices worldwide. Lights, thermostats, alarms, fridges, doors, appliances, utility meters - all are being ZigBee enabled.
With ZigBee based devices you get a robust, resilient and self-managing system - but one thing to watch out for is that they often used "closed" protocols at the application layer, meaning that products from different vendors won't interoperate!
The initial markets for ZigBee are:
ZigBee Smart Energy is the world's leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water. It helps create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to easily reduce their consumption and save money.
ZigBee Home Automation offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling smart homes that can control appliances, lighting, environment, energy management and security, as well as the expandability to connect with other ZigBee networks.
ZigBee Remote Control provides a global standard for advanced and easy-to-use RF remotes that delivers non-line-of-sight operation, two-way communication, longer range of use and extended battery life. It was designed for a variety of consumer electronic devices including HDTV, home theater equipment, set-top boxes and other audio equipment.
ZigBee Health Care offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling secure and reliable monitoring and management of non-critical, low-acuity healthcare services targeted at chronic disease, aging independence and general health, wellness and fitness.
ZigBee Telecom Services offers a global standard for interoperable products enabling a wide variety of value-added services, including information delivery, mobile gaming, location-based services, secure mobile payments, mobile advertising, zone billing, mobile office access control, payments, and peer-to-peer data-sharing services.
We've gathered below links to various resources that can help you use ZigBee with other technologies and understand the inner workings of the ZigBee protocol.