Development is Ramping up for ZigBee, IEEE 802.15.4 and Related Systems

The primary transmission standard for these systems is IEEE 802.15.4. A specialized applications superset of the 802.15.4 specification, ZigBee®, is a voluntary industry standard that is intended to assure interoprability among various manufacturers of system hardware. Where interoperability is not essential, such as a turnkey system from a single vendor, the basic 802.15.14 standard, or a customized variant, may be used. Significant deployment of these types of systems is now underway, with many moderate-scale and demonstration systems in operation. Large scale systems are just beginning to come on line, both commercial and residential.