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Zigbee market to benefit from service providers

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Zigbee? smart home? home automation?

According to the latest forecast from ABI Research, ZigBee enabled device shipments will expand to nearly 400 million units per year in 2018. The reason behind this is the adoption of the technology by service providers to enable sales of smart home services.

"Since 2006 we have seen steady growth in ZigBee enabled device shipments. The initial major growth engine was the smart meter market which adopted ZigBee, particularly for USA smart meter rollouts," indicated Peter Cooney, practice director, ABI Research. "While smart meters still account for a significant amount of the market, today it is home entertainment devices, in particular set-top boxes, which are the main driver of ZigBee market growth."

In 2012 home entertainment took over from smart meters as the largest market for ZigBee chips; in 2013 it accounts for 45 per cent of total ZigBee ICs shipped. This growth has been led by the adoption of ZigBee among service providers such as Comcast in the USA, to enable new services such as home security and energy management to their customers. This market alone is expected to see cumulative shipments for the next five years of over 500 million ZigBee chips.

"Service providers have adopted ZigBee as the ultra-low power technology of choice to drive smart home services due primarily to its ultra-low power and low cost," added Cooney. "Initially ZigBee RF4CE was adopted for remote control applications but the longer term goal will be to offer various sensor devices to drive adoption of services such as home security systems and home automation."

ZigBee will see increasing competition from other wireless technologies, in particular Bluetooth and WiFi across all of its primary markets, however ZigBee adoption will continue to grow and remain as one of the three major wireless connectivity technologies.





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