ZigBee is targeted at applications that require a low data rate,long battery life, and secure networking. ZigBee has a defined rate of 250 kbit/s, best suited for periodic or intermittent data or a single signal transmission from a sensor or input device. Applications include wireless light switches,
electrical meters with in-home-displays, traffic management systems, and other consumer and industrial equipment that requires short-range wireless transfer of data at relatively low rates. The technology defined by the ZigBee specification is intended to be simpler and less expensive than other WPANs, such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
The image shown above is a zigbee radio reciver it can receive data within the range 2-3 km.
UsesZigBee protocols are intended for embedded applications requiring low data rates and low power consumption. The resulting network will use very small amounts of power — individual devices must have a battery life of at least two years to pass ZigBee certification.
Typical application areas include:
- Home Entertainment and Control — Home automation, smart lighting , advanced temperature control, safety and security, movies and music
- Wireless sensor networks — Starting with individual sensors like Telosb/Tmote and Iris from Memsic
- Industrial control
- Embedded sensing
- Medical data collection
- Smoke and intruder warning
- Building automation