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WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS to connect to the various low power, to cool to connect to protect low data sensors, device control- Heatsinks, Cases, lers, and remote controls located Connectors throughout the • several hundreds of different home, or by using heatsink profiles permanently Wi-Fi, transmit in stock high data rate, high quality video • functional electronic case and audio signals • male and female connector in to the home’s vari- different grid patterns ous entertainment • customer specified devices. Wi-Fi can treatments Fig. 3: ZigBee today offers three main network layers – RF4CE, also be used to connect the wire- Pro and ZigBee IP. less VoiP handsets free ZigBee products. green Power will to the set-top box as well. become an option of the ZigBee Pro Driven by the cable tV and internet standard soon. As there is no need to providers, this new paradigm for total run and install power cables, this also home control is enabled by reliable makes it easy for the consumer to posi- low power wireless technologies like tion and move light switches, without ZigBee. in parallel to this Smart home needing the services of an electrician. – Fifth Play evolution, new businesses will emerge that will create and feed A truly smart home devices and solutions to the opera- the smart home ecosystem will com- tors. Until now, the big challenge to bine a variety of applications, with the the Smart and Connected home was set-top box, the home control box, the plethora of devices already on the acting as a centralized home hub. market which could not talk or interact Not only will this set top box handle with each other for the lack of a stan- the entertainment such as television, dardized communications protocol. the movies, gaming and remote purchas- growing acceptance of ZigBee could ing, it will also be the entry point for the solve this issue. Another challenge – the home’s phone, internet, telecommuni- technical difficulty and cost of installing cations and Smart home services – see and maintaining these systems will be figure 4. taken from the home owner and instead of course, what we know call the be put on the shoulders of service set top box will evolve as well. it does providers who will also be handling not need to actually sit on the tV or the monitoring and reporting for these even be directly connected to the tV in home systems. this will create new via cables. instead, it can be located opportunities for service providers and anywhere in the home, in a closet or equipment makers together, bringing a cabinet, and then use either ZigBee our homes into a new digital era. For more details please check our website: www.fischerelektronik.de Fischer Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG Nottebohmstraße 28 D-58511 Lüdenscheid Phone +49 (0) 23 51 43 5-0 Fax +49 (0) 23 51 4 57 54 E-mail info@fischerelektronik.de www.fischerelektronik.de/facebook We exhibit: 13. - 16. 11. 2012 Fig. 4: The Smart Home ecosystem will use a standardized technology such electronica in Munich as ZigBee to communicate via the set-top box to local controllers as well as hall A2, stand 155 smartphones and mobile devices over the web. www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe November 2012 43


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