Friday, January 12, 2007

Home Automation part of new Surge

Home Automation Battle is Brewing - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

At CES 2007 this week, wireless home networking products abounded. There's just one problem: There are two competing network standards.

The first to market is the Z-Wave standard, created and promulgated by Zensys, which makes the chips and wireless radios that enable Z-Wave-based communications. More than 150 companies have joined the Z-Wave Alliance, an industry group that promotes the standard.

Competing with Z-Wave is ZigBee, a standard created by the ZigBee Alliance, an industry group with more than 150 member companies. ZigBee is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, but products are only starting to hit the market now.

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