The ZigBee Alliance said Tuesday that it has ratified the specification, paving the way for sensor companies to start making low-power networks a reality.
In November, the Alliance promised that the specification would be ratified by the end of the year. Given the number of ZigBee-ready products announced in 2004, the Alliance anticipates seeing ZigBee-compliant consumer products as soon as early 2005, Alliance chairman Bob Heile said in a statement.
ZigBee, based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, is supported by over 100 companies already part of the ZigBee Alliance. The low-power protocol will most likely be used by a network of sensors, each required to wake up, sense their surroundings, and fall "asleep" into a low-power mode. Such sensors will likely include temperature sensors and other home automation products.
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