Wireless mesh network standard

Zigbee is a low cost, low power wireless technology that has been designed for the robust transmission of small amounts of data, usually sensor measurements or control commands for actuators, over mesh networks in the industrial environment.

This standard has been defined by the ZigBee Alliance, an industrial consortium of companies led by Texas Instruments, Philips, Freescale and ST among others. Zigbee allows sending data, usually information from sensors and/or control commands for actuators, through multihop wireless mesh networks, which allows a great coverage area (due to message forwarding by the repeater nodes) with redundant links (if a route is down, information is sent over another path), making Zigbee a robust network suitable for critical environments.

The standard encompasses monitoring and control applications in various markets: building automation, home automation, healthcare, smart grid… In order to make this possible, Zigbee defines a series of profiles at application level that specify the commands to control the various Zigbee devices.

TST has been selected as EDP partner by Digi, one of the world leaders in ZigBee technology. TST offers the TSmarT platform, a complete wireless communications platform with a fully integrated ZigBee radio module. Additionally TST develops customized software applications ready based on Zigbee and related technologies.

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