New Zigbee Technology Supports 2.4 GHz, 800 – 900 MHz for IoT
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Comments

The Zigbee Alliance, an association for global standards for the internet of things (IoT), announced the availability of Zigbee PRO 2017, a mesh networking technology designed to connect and facilitate interoperability between smart devices. Zigbee PRO is the underlying network technology that supports full-stack interoperable devices certified under Zigbee 3.0.

With PRO 2017, Zigbee is the first mesh network capable of simultaneously operating in two industrial, science and medical (ISM) frequency bands: 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.

“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.”

Devices based on the Zigbee PRO 2017 network specification are part of Europe’s biggest engineering projects: Zigbee PRO-based solutions are being deployed across the United Kingdom, which has a government mandate to roll out smart meters to about 30 million homes by 2020 with an estimated $15 billion expected in net benefits based on consumer energy savings and lower energy generation demand.

The Zigbee PRO 2017 initiative had its genesis in this smart electric/gas meter rollout for the U.K. 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. Zigbee Alliance member companies worked together to address this need and to bring the Zigbee PRO 2017 network specification to market.

The Zigbee PRO 2017 network specification provides key advantages including longer range, reduced power consumption and lower operating costs than other technology for low-data-rate applications ranging from home security to automation to smart metering to connected lighting.

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