ZigBee Home Automation

Smarter, more energy-efficient and secure homes.

ZigBee Home Automation is the industry leading global standard helping to create smarter homes that enhance the comfort, convenience, security and energy management for the consumer.It is the technology of choice for world-leading service providers, installers and retailers.The latest version of ZigBee Home Automation standard, which is fully interoperable with previous versions, adds several important new features that improve the battery life for security sensors to over seven years, standardize pairing of devices and simplify installation and maintenance for consumers and custom installers alike. These features have a significant impact on operational and device costs to service providers and quality of service to consumers.All ZigBee Home Automation products are ZigBee Certified to perform regardless of manufacturer, allowing anyone to purchase with confidence.ZigBee Home Automation delivers a standard that can make every home a smarter, safer and more energy efficient environment for consumers and families.

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Features

  • EASY INSTALL
    • Do-it-yourself installation simplicity
    • Ideal for remodel or new construction
    • Self-organizing networks simplify set-up and maintenance
    • Proven interference avoidance ensures worry-free operation
  • INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
    • Control devices from anywhere in the world
    • Use mobile phones to control smart home
  • POWER CONTROL
    • Monitor power use
    • Turn on/off devices remotely
  • SECURITY
    • Easily add devices to create an integrated smart home security system
    • Built-in security ensures integrity of smart home
  • LIGHTING CONTROL
    • Customize lighting levels based on activity and create scenes
  • ZIGBEE TECHNOLOGY
    • ZigBee PRO Networking
    • 2.4 GHz global operation
    • Long battery life; over 7 years for security sensors
    • Wireless range up to 70m indoors and 400m outdoors
    • Networking flexibility to cover homes of all sizes
    • Open and freely available specification based on international standards
    • Highly scalable solutions for thousands of devices
    • Integrates control and monitoring devices for lighting, security, occupancy, motion detection and convenience

DEVICES SUPPORTED

Generic

  • On/Off Switch
  • Level Control Switch
  • On/Off Output
  • Level Controllable Output
  • Scene Selector
  • Configuration Tool
  • Remote Control
  • Combined Interface
  • Range Extender
  • Mains Power Outlet
  • Door Lock
  • Door Lock Controller
  • Simple Sensor
  • Consumption Awareness Device
  • Home Gateway/Energy Management System
  • Smart Plug
  • White Goods
  • Meter Interface

 

Closures

  • Shade
  • Shade Controller
  • Window Covering Device
  • Window Covering Controller
Lighting

  • On/Off Light
  • Dimmable Light
  • Color Dimmable Light
  • On/Off Light Switch
  • Dimmer Switch
  • Color Dimmer Switch
  • Light Sensor
  • Occupancy Sensor

 

Intruder Alarm Systems

  • IAS Control and Indicating Equipment
  • IAS Ancillary Control Equipment
  • IAS Zone
  • IAS Warning Device

 

HVAC

  • Heating/Cooling Unit
  • Thermostat
  • Temperature Sensor
  • Pump
  • Pump Controller
  • Pressure Sensor
  • Flow Sensor

 

BenefitsBenefits

  • AFFORDABLE
    • Devices designed for do-it-yourself or professional installation
    • Promotes greater energy awareness and control
    • Open standard supports competitive marketplace of multiple products that lowers cost through competition
    • Years of battery life and ease of maintenance reduce operating costs for service providers and allow affordable solutions for consumers
  • EASY
    • Wireless technology eliminates cost and hassle of running wires
    • Certified interoperability, global 2.4GHz spectrum simplifies installation and operation
    • Automatic features simplify use
    • Internet connection for greater access and control
    • Simple set-up procedures support do-it-yourself configurations
  • SAFETY
    • Easily install wireless sensors to monitor a wide variety of conditions
    • Receive automatic notification upon detection of unusual events
  • SECURE
    • AES 128 encryption secures personal information
    • Device authentications secures networks from neighboring networks
  • INTEROPERABLE
    • Integrates control and monitoring devices for lighting, security, appliances and home access
    • Customer can select from a variety of products to meet needs
    • Interoperability between a variety of products regardless of manufacturer
    • Works with other ZigBee networks

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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    How easy is it to develop ZigBee Home Automation products?

    Companies can easily, and cost-effectively, develop products through the use of small, low power, wireless ZigBee modules. The growing wide-spread availability of ZigBee solutions dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of integrating embedded RF into the typical product design. Vendors provide software tool kits, including standard templates, to enable OEMs and end users to efficiently create application layer solutions at low cost and reduce time to market.
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    ZigBee uses Mesh-Networking, what are the advantages compared to other approaches?

    Radios in a mesh network can talk to many other radios (devices) in the network, not just one. The result is that each data packet communicated across a wireless mesh network can have multiple possible paths to its destination. This flexibility makes the mesh network very flexible for accommodating interference in the radio spectrum or something blocking the radio path. Wireless mesh networks also enable networks to grow in size and cover greater physical distances. Point-to-point and point-to-multipoint topologies mean the data packet only has a single path to follow and is therefore more vulnerable to interference or blockage. Their ability to cover greater physical distances is limited and the access point in star networks can only talk to a small number of radios on the network.
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    How easy is it to add devices to a ZigBee network?

    Very easy. ZigBee’s standardized pairing process allows for fast and easy association between devices. ZigBee offers a variety of robust mesh routing algorithms for data packets to find the correct destination. This approach results in a high degree of flexibility and stability ensuring that devices in the network stay connected and that network performance remains constant even as it is dynamically changing.
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    How does ZigBee address security for homes given that information is literally flying through the air?

    ZigBee was developed with many layers of security. At the strongest level, ZigBee uses AES 128 encryption (government, commercial and military grade encryption used across the Internet). In addition, ZigBee defines a security toolbox for key generation and distribution that can support multiple modes for residential, commercial, and even industrial applications. The ZigBee Health Care standard has specific security features for rapid key generation and distribution suitable in the medical environments insuring privacy and integrity. No other solution offers a comparable security system.
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    If I purchase certified ZigBee Home Automation devices from different vendors will they communicate and interoperate with each other?

    Yes. ZigBee has developed a rigorous certification procedure for each of our standards. The certification procedure is performed by independent third parties on an anonymous basis. This testing ensures full interoperability between ZigBee devices using the same standard. Please view our list of certified products for ZigBee Home Automation.
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    Other devices operate in the 2.4 GHZ band, will they cause any problems for ZigBee Home Automation products?

    ZigBee is very robust and has demonstrated superb tolerance to extreme interference. The Las Vegas Convention Center is one of worst places for wireless devices, especially during the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Interference at that show often impedes many cell phones and Bluetooth headsets from operating correctly. ZigBee has always performed flawlessly in these extreme environments. For more details, please see the results of extensive coexistence research in the white papers section of the ZigBee website.
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    Does ZigBee Home Automation coexist with Wi-Fi?

    Yes. All ZigBee standards and Wi-Fi are designed to operate effectively in the same environment. ZigBee takes full advantage of IEEE 802.15.4 proven interference avoidance techniques and features a unique channel agility mechanism. In fact, there are products in the market that have both ZigBee and Wi-Fi in them and work very effectively in buildings and homes.
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    As an OEM/ODM what are the advantage of the ZigBee solution over proprietary solutions?

    The main advantages include product interoperability, vendor independence, robust supply chain and accessibility to broader markets. Your customers can expect increased product innovation as a result of the industry standardization of the physical radio and logical networking layers. Instead of having to invest resources to create a new proprietary solution and customizing it for each country, companies will now be able to leverage ZigBee standards and focus on serving customers.



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