Chapter 12

Wireless personal area networks


Several wireless personal area networks (WPAN) are described in this chapter. Bluetooth consists of two versions—basic rate/enhanced data rate (BR/EDR), and Bluetooth low energy (BLE). BR/EDR is used mostly for streaming data applications whereas BLE serves control and monitoring functions as well as one-way beacons, where very low energy consumption for long battery life is a necessity. The IEEE 802.15.4 standard and Zigbee implementations for personal area networks are designed for short-range network topologies and use in low cost, low power devices. Other WPAN standards for specific application requirements include 6LoWPAN, Thread, WirelessHART, Z-Wave, DASH7, and ANT. Ultra-wideband ...

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