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Integration Launches Pre-certified IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee Compliant USB Dongle Developers Kit 09/18/06

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Integration Associates has today further expanded its EZLink wireless product line to include a USB Dongle Developers Kit for 802.15.4/ZigBee product development. The EZLink product line is aimed at OEMs looking to reduce R&D cost, reduce time-to-market, and minimize development risks.

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Wall Street Journal Innovation Awards 2006 09/14/06

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In the Wireless category two companies operating in the WSN space have been rewarded:

  • Winner – Zensys: Wireless technology for controlling home lighting, entertainment and security systems
  • Runner-Up – Dust Networks: Wireless sensor networks that can collect data in remote locations
  • WSJ Technology Innovation Awards Site

    AMX Adds ZigBee Products to Control System Line 09/14/06

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    Today at CEDIA Expo 2006, AMX launched two new handheld remotes powered by ZigBee wireless technology.

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    Study Says UWB, ZigBee Chipset Sales to Increase over Next Three Years 09/13/06

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    A new study from Frost and Sullivan indicates that sales of ultrawideband (UWB) and ZigBee chipsets will increase significantly over the next three years.

    More about this on The Wireless Report

    Legrand Acquires Vantage Controls 09/7/06

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    Legrand announced the acquisition of Vantage Controls, located in
    Orem, Utah. Vantage Controls will be the sixth Legrand business group in
    North America and has been renamed Vantage/Legrand. The acquisition of Vantage Controls is an important move to position Legrand as a leading provider of control and automation solutions.

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    Millennial Net Acquired by PHC Holding 09/5/06

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    Millennial Net today announced that it has been acquired by PHC Holding, for an undisclosed amount. PHC is a privately held company headquartered in Esslingen, Germany. Millennial Net will continue to operate as an independent company.

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    Cirronet Acquired by RF Monolithics 08/28/06

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    Cirronet announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by RF Monolithics of Dallas, Texas. The transaction is expected to close in September and is valued at $24 million. RFM also announced a definitive agreement to acquire Caver-Morehead Systems, a leading producer of computerized maintenance management system software.

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    Wireless Technology for Process Manufacturing 08/16/06

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    ARC Advisory Group has released a new study providing 5-year market analysis and forecast through 2010 for wireless process manufacturing. Strategic issues discussed in that report are:

    • Who are today’s leading suppliers in major market segments?
    • Which industries and regions have higher potential for growth?
    • What factors are critical for adoption of new WSNs?
    • What will be the role of ZigBee and other standards on wireless device adoption?

    Report from ARC

    Visions for Innovative WSN Applications 08/11/06

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    It’s summer time. Why not having a look at something refreshing, with some out-of-the-box thinking?

    A European project called Embedded WiSeNts, whose purpose is to promote research in topics related to embedded systems for WSNs, publishes some of its studies online. One of the reports focuses on future applications on a 10-year timeframe. Quite academic for some, but definitely worth a look…

    Visions for Innovative Applications Report

    Gartner’s Hyped Technologies for 2006 08/10/06

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    As pointed out today by the WSN Blog, Gartner released its annual report on hyped technologies with the following comment about Sensor Mesh Network technologies: “The market is still immature and fragmented, and there are few standards, so suppliers will evolve and equipment could become obsolete relatively rapidly. Therefore, this area should be seen as a tactical investment, as mainstream adoption is not expected for more than ten years.” Rather careful statement…

    Article from Out-Law.com

    Report from Gartner

    Tendril Secures $5.25 Million in Venture Funding 08/8/06

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    Tendril announced today that the company has secured $5.25 million in Series B funding to continue its growth as the leading provider of network operations platform software for developing and deploying Wireless Sensor and Control Networks.

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    They also hired a new CEO, Adrian Tuck, whom we know well from his former position as Executive VP at Ember. Good luck!

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    ZigBee, Z-Wave, Other RF Home Control Technologies Face Litigation Risk 08/2/06

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    That’s what a new report by WTRS, “Residential Wireless Control Network IP and Patent Report”, claims. With such a title they are pretty sure to drive much attention to their report… Is this a real threat or just the usual buzz around companies fighting against standardization initiatives? Not very clear so far… Inputs or comments welcome…

    Article from RF Globalnet

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    ZigBee FAQ 08/2/06

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    When I started to get interested in ZigBee I felt that some kind of FAQ document was missing. Here is a first attempt. It obviously is incomplete, so all contributions and comments will be very well received!

    ZigBee FAQ Document

    ZigBee – How Many Divisions? 07/28/06

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    Some argue that ZigBee is an overkill for home control and lacks market acceptance. Whether the first statement is true or not can be widely discussed (I will put something on this topic here hopefully soon). Regarding the second statement, it’s quite fair to recognize that there are not that many products around yet… I mean real ZigBee products (not pre-ZigBee, ZigBee-ready, IEEE 802.15.4-only or EmberNet and thelike). Well, that’s what I used to think. Until recently.

    Following some market investigation I had to run in the past weeks I found out that there were many more products than I initially expected. And many of them in Europe (although the ZigBee Alliance is still dominated by US players). One example: a French manufacturer of electric heating systems, Kalirel, is selling in DYI stores a new line of heaters with embedded ZigBee transceivers for thermostats and remote control. Nice look, sophisticated programming features, mesh networking, and a ZigBee stack based on the EM2420 (with a private profile of course). They already sold tens of thousands…

    Digi International Acquires MaxStream 07/27/06

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    Digi International today announced the acquisition of MaxStream, a fast-growing, privately held corporation and a leader in the wireless device networking market. The acquisition is a merger transaction for $38.5 million of cash and stock, with $19.25 million paid in cash and $19.25 million in Digi stock.

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