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Supporting Smart Energy with Zigbee

Posted: 20 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:home networks? smart energy? Zigbee?

Since the first published specification in 2004, the Zigbee standard has now matured to the point of global acceptance and is starting to make some real traction in the market. Zigbee provides a cost-effective, standards-based wireless networking solution that supports technology focused on low-data rate, low-power mesh communication.

Most Zigbee products and deployments to date still remain somewhat proprietary (i.e. they are sold as systems and not devices that link into a public network). Nonetheless, a recent focus on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) or more specifically, Smart Energy, is well positioned to open up Zigbee to become the truly interoperable global standard that has been claimed all these years. So what is AMI and how will Zigbee provide a solution?

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