Connecting Your Project

Connectivity in large open spaces is a challenge. Being able to have a wireless solution to cast a large Internet of Things (IoT) networks across buildings, business parks, large facilities, cities, and venues is difficult because of the connectivity issues of reinforced concrete and steel studs. The deployment potential is tremendous for smart homes, smart buildings, and smart cities.

To address this challenge, the Zigbee Alliance announced the availability of Zigbee PRO 2017, the latest offering in the Alliance’s flagship mesh networking technology designed to connect and facilitate interoperability between smart devices. Zigbee PRO is the underlying network technology that supports full-stack interoperable devices certified under Zigbee 3.0.

With PRO 2017, Zigbee is the first mesh network capable of operating in two ISM frequency bands simultaneously: sub-GHz 800-900 MHz for regional requirements and 2.4 GHz for global acceptance. This dual-band option enables flexibility and design choice for manufacturers, municipalities, and consumers wanting to connect products across buildings, cities, and homes.

Zigbee PRO-based solutions are being deployed across the United Kingdom, which has a government mandate to roll out smart meters to approximately 30 million homes by 2020 with an estimated $15 billion expected in net benefits based on consumer energy savings and lower energy generation demand.

The Zigbee PRO 2017 initiative had its genesis in this smart electric/gas meter roll out for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which required a blend of 2.4 GHz and sub-GHz Zigbee devices.

This is an example of a connectivity solution that contractors and building owners can leverage to connect buildings and cities in the future.

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