ZigBee Products to Emerge in 2005

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There is much interest for certified, interoperable ZigBee products. At the same time, the lack of standards has not prevented adoption in the industrial sector.

ZigBee-certified products will be shipping in several high volume markets by year end, according to recent research by ON World.

“OEMs and end-users are demanding interoperable low data rate wireless standards and ZigBee is their choice,” says ON World’s senior analyst Dr. Charlie Chi. “While the ZigBee Alliance is completing Version 1.0, the hardware dependent ZigBee specification has presented an opportunity for proprietary wireless sensor network solutions,” he says

Standards versus Proprietary

According to Chi, “The lack of standards is not inhibiting initial customer adoption in the industrial sector.” ON World found that there is high demand for wireless sensor networking in several large industrial markets. Several innovative startups such as Crossbow Technology, Dust Networks, Millennial Net and Sensicast are providing wireless sensor network solutions that meet customers’ needs today. While not interoperable with other vendors' products, these proprietary solutions give customers a variety of RF transceiver options and they can be deployed today.

ZigBee ramping up

For OEMs that demand standards, there are now four ZigBee-compliant platforms available from Chipcon, Freescale, CompXs and Ember Corp. ON World predicts that the first ZigBee products will appear in home monitoring, control and automation; building monitoring and automation and automated meter reading.

Regardless of standards preference, ON World’s latest survey results with end-users found that complex installation and lack of seamless integration were the top two limitations inhibiting widespread adoption of wireless sensing solutions.

ON World’s recently published report, “ZigBee Competitive Landscape,” provides actionable business intelligence based on more than 70 interviews with Fortune 1000 companies, startups and end-users.

About ON World:

ON World Inc. is the leader in emerging wireless research. Our business intelligence and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, service providers, venture capitalists, startups and consultancies worldwide. More information is available from http://www.onworld.com.

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