Why ZigBee Pro is helping to drive the Internet of Things

Why ZigBee Pro is helping to drive the Internet of Things

At our recent Innovation Day event for media in Amsterdam, we showcased some of the key day-to-day applications using Zigbee Pro, a low-power RF networking technology which we think will be a key driver of the Internet of Things. We’re big fans of ZigBee at NXP, as you’ll see from a previous post on the blog! http://blog.nxp.com/happy-birthday-zigbee-alliance/

For example, many of the smart meters being rolled out into homes across the world will be using the ZigBee standard. When linked wirelessly via ZigBee to an in-home display, smart meters enable users to keep an eye on their home’s energy consumption. ZigBee Light Link can also be used to wirelessly control complex color lamps to create ‘mood’ lighting.

Daniel Gavelle – one of our ZigBee experts – demonstrates Smart Lighting and Smart Energy applications in this video.

And just this month, we launched the JN5168 (check out the press release), a wireless microcontroller for Zigbee Pro with superior power consumption and a lower cost than previous chips. The JN5168 is ideal for applications ranging from home automation to healthcare and from telecoms to retail.  Check out a great video featuring the JN5168 about the CHERRY Energy Harvesting Light Switch here.

What do you think of the NXP ZigBee-based solutions? What are your experiences? Let us know…

René Jansen
René Jansen
At NXP Semiconductors my specialization is communications for Research & Development. In that role I help the R&D management with developing communication strategies and key messaging. I also execute all kinds of communication activities, to all our target audiences: Press, customers, partners, government representatives and many other external parties. But also our own employees form an important target group. Media used are presentations/demos, internet & intranet, social media, newsletters, gatherings and events, brochures, direct mailings, video, surveys etcetera. My technical background as an engineer and technical manager allows me to easily relate to the content, as well as to the engineering world and its people. Expanding my scope from engineering to communications, about ten years ago, allowed me to develop competencies in creativity, in tailored message development, in copy-writing and event management, as well as in high level networking. Working directly for NXP’s Chief Technology Officer and his management team, I operate at the heart of the R&D organization, close to strategy development and decision making. As one of Europe's top chip manufacturers, NXP is an extremely dynamic company. Business challenges can change overnight: never a dull moment!

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