ZigBee enables new markets for device developers


Cees Links,
CEO, GreenPeak
Utrecht, The Netherlands — (METERING.COM) — August 29, 2013 – The growing success of ZigBee sentroller devices (sensors, controllers and actuators) will enable smart home device developers and integrators to expand their markets into new areas and multiply their sales, according to ZigBee semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies

As virtually all cable operators and broadband service suppliers are starting to offer smart home services to their subscribers, there will be an almost insatiable demand for affordable and easy to install smart home devices that connect to the set-top box, the company says. Device developers are just starting to recognize this great opportunity to offer all types of different smart home devices at very affordable costs. GreenPeak’s ZigBee chips enable device developers to build and market ZigBee-based smart devices starting at less than $5 each.

Multi-service operators need these smart home devices to bundle into their rollout of connected home systems. Such new services include security, home monitoring, elderly care, health care support, location monitoring, in addition to energy management and control.

“ZigBee allows device developers to address a very profitable smart home market, expected to grow to several billion units in 2015,” says Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “In many ways, ZigBee’s worldwide reach of the market parallels the market acceptance of WiFi. Just like Apple’s adoption of WiFi was the tipping point for the spread of WiFi networking to every internet connected home, the operator and service providers’ adoption of ZigBee is the tipping point to establish ZigBee networking for sentrollers and small devices in every internet connected home as well.”

Although WiFi would be technically capable to connect these devices, the battery life of ZigBee is superior compared to WiFi. In the future smart home it is expected there may be 10 to 20 WiFi devices along with 100 or more ZigBee devices, all working simultaneously in the home, without any interference. WiFi will be handling the big data applications like entertainment, while ZigBee will connect the sentroller smart home network.