Dual-band option enables IoT flexibility and design choice for manufacturers
The Zigbee Alliance has launched Zigbee PRO 2017, the first multi-band Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network designed to connect and facilitate interoperability between smart devices.
Described as the alliance’s flagship mesh networking technology, the latest offering is aimed at massive IoT deployments.
Zigbee PRO wireless network specification now simultaneously supports both sub-GHz and 2.4 GHz frequency bands for IoT design flexibility and connectivity.
“PRO 2017 is the ideal wireless solution to cast large IoT networks across buildings, business parks, large facilities, cities and venues challenged by connectivity issues such as reinforced concrete and steel studs,” said Victor Berrios, vice president of technology, Zigbee Alliance. “The deployment potential is tremendous for smart homes, smart buildings and smart cities.”
With PRO 2017, Zigbee said it is the first mesh network capable of operating in two ISM frequency bands simultaneously: sub-GHz 800-900 MHz for regional requirements and 2.4 GHz for global acceptance.
This dual-band option enables flexibility and design choice for manufacturers, municipalities and consumers wanting to connect products across buildings, cities and homes.
According to Zigbee, by leveraging PRO 2017 product manufacturers can build devices that utilise a single network operating on multiple bands to address the challenges of surrounding physical environments.
The inclusion of sub-GHz capabilities supports IoT networks for multiple use cases including smart outdoor lighting, use within facilities such as retail settings and data centres that need to monitor broad ambient conditions, and when deployed across harsh environments.
The Zigbee PRO 2017 network specification provides key advantages including longer range, reduced power consumption and lower operating costs for low-data-rate applications ranging from home security and automation, to smart metering and connected lighting.
The PRO 2017 initiative had its genesis in the smart electric/gas meter roll out for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (formally the Department of Energy & Climate Change), which required a blend of 2.4 GHz and sub-GHz Zigbee devices.
The Zigbee Alliance is an association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the IoT.
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