A large number of home automation IoT devices are geared toward the use of smartphones for the user interface. This makes sense if you assume that most users have smartphones and keep the phones with them even at domestic leisure. But if your target market prefers having a stand-alone remote instead, ZigBee now has a technology for you to try.
The ZigBee Alliance has just ratified the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard and released it for use in product development. The standard is available for free download (registration required) and is designed for use in conjunction with ZigBee’s RF4CE wireless networks, eliminating the need for line-of-sight operation. Originally targeting only home entertainment systems such as televisions and home theater systems, the new release expands connectivity to many other types of home devices, including lights, appliances, and security systems.
Read more at IoT World.