Zigbee: a "Social" Network for IoT

Intersog has just successfully shipped a new custom built IoT application to our client - one of U.S. leading providers of energy management solutions based out of Chicago. The project was based on ZigBee technology and our project team found this suite of high-level communication protocols extremely useful for solutions that imply creation of personal area networks with small and low-power digital radios.

Our senior software engineers Igor Rolinskiy told me more about ZigBee, its pros and cons and why it was chosen for building a remote wifi ventilation controller application.

ZigBee is an IEEE 802.15.4-based specification for high-level communication protocols.

Key benefits of using ZigBee over other protocol specifications:

ZigBee Stack Architecture

zigbee architecture

ZigBee Application Layer is implemented via ZigBee Cluster Library (ZCL) where a cluster is a mix of descriptions for a standard ZigBee device, its attributes and queries / commands.

ZigBee Application Profile Layer defines its use cases and enables interoperability of devices produced by different manufacturers.

ZigBee profiles:

ZigBee network includes three types of devices:

ZigBee coordinator functions:

ZigBee router functions:

ZigBee end device:

ZigBee networks topology

network topology zigbee

ZigBee flaws

Check out how we used ZigBee for building a custom IoT solution for our client!

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Vik is our Brand Journalist and Head of Online Marketing / PR with 11+ years of international experience in IT B2B. He's also a guest blog contributor to business2community, SitePoint, Journal of mHealth, Wearable Valley and other e-zines.

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