As energy costs continue to spiral, one of the persistent demands of smart home consumers is lower utility bills. The smartest way to cut down the expense of managing home appliances as well as heating, ventilation and air-conditioned (HVAC) units is by leveraging remote-operated devices which help consumers save time, effort and energy in managing multiple devices.
A regular on/off switch can no longer bring in the desired levels of power efficiency – it’s more practical to use a smartphone app or a web tool which is closely integrated with all electrical devices and sensor interfaces. This is where wireless communication protocols become necessary to drive efficient communication between home appliances and the main server of house.
Some of the popular Ethernet protocols currently being used are BACnet, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In this blog, I will discuss the specific advantages of building wireless home automation system networks based on ZigBee.
ZigBee – a specification of high communication protocols uses small, low-power, low data rate digital radios based on IEEE 802.15.4 standards for wireless personal area networks, such as wireless headphones connecting with cell phones via short-range radio. The technology is intended to be simpler and cheaper than other WPANs, such as Bluetooth. ZigBee is targeted at radio-frequency (RF) applications which require a low data rate, long battery life, and secure networking.
For any system being used in home automation, the main goal is to reduce human effort by operating various appliances remotely. This is where the various parameters of ZigBee in Home Automation enable key benefits such as:
eInfochips offers expertise in sensor integration and wireless connectivity in ZigBee that drives interoperability for developing home automation solutions. We have deployed ZigBee as a Retail site intelligence (RSI) solution for one of our clients, which is one of the largest grocery chains in North America. To know more about eInfochips expertise in ZigBee implementation, email us at email@example.com