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Smart grids: "ZigBee HAN, or in-premise networks, enable two-way communication and control of ZigBee devices inside the home and serve as the key entry point for smart energy grids. This communication and control is possible because ZigBee is a global wireless language that connects dramatically different devices. Because ZigBee is a global wireless standard, it provides the scalability and reliability needed to support an infrastructure as demanding as smart energy grids. ZigBee links devices starting with the utility meter and reaches thermostats, household appliances, HVAC, pool pumps, water heaters, lighting systems and other household or building systems creating the HAN.

Utility companies: "For utility companies, ZigBee enables a standards-based approach to energy efficiency programs such as demand response, time-of-use pricing programs, energy monitoring, pay-as-you-use and net metering programs, enabling home owners use of distributed generation products like solar panels. These new energy management programs directly impact consumers and businesses as utilities grapple with meeting growing power demand while reducing the threat of rolling blackouts during peak usage periods.

What is ZigBee? "The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance membership comprises technology providers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Membership is open to all."

Reference: "ZigBee Sees Strong Growth for Energy Management and Efficiency Solutions", 16 May 2007. Contact: Kevin Schader, ZigBee Alliance, ph: +1-925-275-6672, email:; or Tommy Tse, GolinHarris for the Zigbee Alliance, ph: +1-415-274-7915, email:

Erisk Net, 17/5/2007

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