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ZigBee – How Many Divisions? 07/28/06

Posted by Gilles in Opinions.
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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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ZigBee Compliant Platform from Jennic 07/26/06

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Jennic has announced that its chips, modules, stacks and development kits now form part of a ZigBee compliant platform. The company’s products were tested by TÜV Rheinland Group and have been considered ready for use out of the box by developers building products for wireless sensor networks based on the ZigBee standard.

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Airbee and ZMD to Deliver 900 MHz ZigBee Technology 07/25/06

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Airbee Wireless today announced that it has executed a license agreement with ZMD to provide ZigBee-compliant and ZigBee-based network protocol stacks (ZNS & ZNS Lite).

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Hospital Tries ZigBee to Track Patients 07/21/06

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To expedite the treatment of patients at its emergency department, Saint Luke’s East-Lee’s Summit, in Missouri, tracked patients by means of ZigBee-based RFID tags.

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ISA-SP100 Committee Calls for Proposals 07/17/06

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ISA‘s standards committee on wireless systems for automation, ISA-SP100, has just issued calls for proposals to encourage a variety of experts to collaboratively create a new series of wireless communication standards for industrial monitoring and control.

Call for Proposals Release

Do you Know RuBee? 07/15/06

Posted by Gilles in Technologies.
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The IEEE has begun work on a new standard, IEEE P1902.1, which will improve upon the visibility network protocol known as RuBee. RuBee is a bidirectional, on-demand, peer-to-peer, radiating, transceiver protocol operating at wavelengths below 450 Khz. This protocol works in harsh environments with networks of many thousands of tags and has an area range of 10 to 50 feet.

Full Press Release of the IEEE

More on RuBee from Wikipedia

Article from RF Design

Dust Networks Selected by AlwaysOn as AO100 Private Company Award Winner 07/12/06

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Dust Networks today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the Top 100 Private Company award winners. Dust Networks was handpicked by the AlwaysOn editorial panel based on a set of five criteria – technology innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation.

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