Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ZigBee and Wi-Fi Alliances Team on Smart Grid Wireless

The ZigBee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance will collaborate on wireless home area networks (HAN) for Smart Grid applications. The initial focus of the collaboration will be ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0, which is the next-generation energy management protocol for Smart Grid-enabled homes based on today's ZigBee Smart Energy Profile. The ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 is expected to operate over Wi-Fi technology as a result of the collaboration. The technology could be integrated into devices ranging from utility meters, thermostats, and appliances to home entertainment, computing systems, and automobiles.