ZigBee, 802.15.4 "core technologies" for smart energy: ON World

The ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 wireless standards will support 43% of the wireless chipsets used for smart metering, home and building energy management, distributed energy resources and lighting controls between 2012 and 2018, according to new research from ON World.

Global M2M revenues to double between 2012 and 2017: Infonetics

Global revenues from M2M services will more than double between 2012 and 2017, rising from just less than $15 billion to more than $31 billion, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.

The market-research company also expects the number of M2M connections to surpass four billion by 2017, up from around 1.4 billion in 2012.

However, Infonetics urges operators to think beyond cellular technology when envisaging their future M2M services.

Home automation device shipments to grow at 78% CAGR to 2018: ABI

Shipments of home automation devices are set to exceed 351 million by 2018, having grown at a compound annual rate of 78% between now and then, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company also notes that solutions based on the ZigBee standard are flourishing and likely to outperform proprietary protocol offerings over the forecast period.

“ZigBee is enjoying success in the home automation market because, as an open standard technology, multiple IC vendors are creating ZigBee chipsets,” said Adarsh Krishnan, a senior analyst at ABI Research.

Antenova to focus on M2M, connected devices

Antenna provider Antenova is to rebrand itself as Antenova M2M and focus on building its position in the M2M and connected-device markets following the departure of chief executive Greg McCray in February.

With McCray now heading up ACAL Energy (Runcorn, UK) – a developer of fuel cell systems – Antenova (Cambridge, UK) is reportedly being led by managing director Chris Flack.

The company says its antenna solutions already have a proven track record in a range of M2M settings, including telematics, automatic meter reading, m-health, wireless security and home automation.

Zigbee Alliance launches Green Power feature

The Zigbee Alliance has launched a new feature designed to improve the energy efficiency of devices connected using Zigbee technology.

The so-called ‘Green Power’ feature allows switches and dimmers, among other devices, to be run via energy harvesting sources rather than battery or AC mains power, creating what the Zigbee Alliance (San Ramon, USA) calls a “no-maintenance, environmentally friendly solution”.

Digi releases next generation Zigbee smart energy gateway

Digi International on Tuesday introduced an enhanced version of the company’s ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband and offers additional memory and processing power for over-the-air updates of connected Smart Energy devices.

Digi launches ZigBee-to-3G cellular internet connectivity kit

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, on Tuesday introduced the iDigi Gateway Development Kit with 3G cellular connectivity. The kit allows remote devices to be connected wirelessly over cellular networks and integrated into a cloud environment, according to the company. The development kit contains the hardware, software and documentation necessary for ZigBee-to-3G cellular Internet connectivity.

According to Digi, the Development Kits support Sprint, Verizon, AT&T Wireless, Vodafone and other global 3G GSM networks, and cost $499.

U.S. Navy uses Digi wireless tracking system

Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a network communication company, last week announced that Inteligistics (Pittsburgh, Penn. U.S.A.), a logistics provider, will use its Device Cloud, wireless gateways and ZigBee modules to wirelessly enable its asset tracking system. The system will be used by the U.S. Navy to track the contents of tens of thousands of shipping containers across the world as well as by the global logistics industry, according to Digi. The system provides security and real-time access to location, inventory, environmental data and other critical information.

New ZigBee Smart Energy Version 1.1 Now Available

The ZigBee Alliance (San Ramon, Calif., U.S.A.), a group of organizations providing wireless communication for energy management applications, last week announced that an update to ZigBee Smart Energy version 1, an Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is now available for product development and public download.

According to the Alliance, the ZigBee Smart Energy is a standard that will help create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to reduce their energy consumption.

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