Chapter 2

ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 Networking Examples

ZigBee networking has a diverse range of applications, including but not limited to home automation, inventory tracking, and healthcare. This chapter reviews a number of the application scenarios in which ZigBee devices can increase efficiency and/or reduce cost. Full ZigBee protocol implementation has the advantage of reliable mesh networking capability. However, if the application is simple, it might be possible to implement only IEEE 802.15.4 layers.

2.1 Home Automation

Home automation is one of the major application areas for ZigBee wireless networking. In this section, a number of these use cases are reviewed. The typical data rate in home automation is only 10 Kbps [1]. Figure 2.1 shows some ...

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