One of the strikeouts restricting total home automation is that you still have to helm many levels of control manually. Use of wireless technologies help you control and monitor many things from one central place. Consider smartphones, for example. When it comes to household maintenance systems, wireless seemed a vague fantasy. Then someone created ZigBee as a wireless standard. ZigBee is one recognizable, emerging standard that dominates wireless control of large home appliances.
ZigBee Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water. It helps create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to easily reduce their consumption and save money, too.
This standard supports the diverse needs of a global ecosystem of utilities, product manufacturers and government groups as they plan to meet future energy and water needs.
Going wireless is helping us facilitate media distribution and entertainment using WiFi protocols. WiFi has yet to make a splash in the appliance industry.
Both ZigBee and WiFi are wireless protocols that allow electronic devices, smart meters and utilities to wirelessly send data back and forth. This is the foundation of the burgeoning smart grid: the ability of utilities to receive data directly from their customers’ meters and for consumers to have access to the same data so they can conserve energy and save money off their monthly bills.
Appliance makers can now outfit their products with both Wi-Fi and ZigBee radios, so that they comply with the NIST-backed Smart Energy 2.0 open standard for smart grid devices. From automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Will ZigBee and WiFi join together or compete to add wireless instrumentation for the scope of all home automation?
The advantage of joining technologies means that consumers won’t have to worry that they chose the wrong appliance, or that their Wi-Fi thermostat won’t communicate with their ZigBee meter, etc.