RF applications for the Smart Home
Ultra low power ZigBee applications for remote controls, home automation, security and energy efficiency
Wireless networks have been existing in our homes for decades.
Cordless phones and wireless data networks like Wi-Fi and BlueTooth are commoditized applications in our daily lives.
Today, the third wireless network of home applications is emerging and addresses the low power consumption and low data rate sense and control applications like remote controls, energy management, home security, access control, HVAC monitoring, lighting, home health care, etc.
The Smart Home will be implemented in 3 phases:
Phase 1 - RF-based Remote Control for Set-Top Box and CE, including internet connectivity
Phase 2 - Energy Management will latch on, other applications develop simultaneously
Phase 3 -Integrated environmental awareness, safe and secure: the Internet of Things
Remote controls are among the first application to benefit from ultra low power ZigBee RF4CE communication standard. As ZigBee RF4CE is based on radio frequency which penetrates walls, furniture, and floors, rather than line of sight optical IR, this new generation of remote control means that users no longer have to stand in front of their TV set or set top box to change channels. A single ZigBee RF4CE remote can control the entire home's electronic systems - TV, games, communications, home automation, audio, security, environment, etc.
By using ZigBee powered sensors located throughout the house, all monitored and controlled from the central set-top box, users have a single dashboard applicationthat can monitor the status of temperature, doors, windows, lights, appliances etc.
The set-top box becomes the Home Control Box
Where the set-top box was responsible for distributing content through the home, the Home Control Box makes it possible for consumers to control all kind of applications in their homes over the internet, with smart phone apps.
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