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ZigBee Certifies Enhanced-Spec Devices

8/19/2009 09:45:15 AM Eastern

San Ramon, Calif. - The
ZigBee Alliance
has certified the first 17 devices to conform to its
enhanced wireless home-automation standard.

The enhancements, which apply to the ZigBee and ZigBee Pro
feature sets, improve network security and bring doorbells and window-shade
motors into ZigBee networks, a spokesman said.

The 17 products are available from 4Home, AlertMe, Black &
Decker, CentraLite, Control4, Jetlun, MMB Research, Netgear, Radio Thermostat
and SerComm. The products include occupancy sensors, a door lock, light
switches and dimmers, an appliance module and an Ethernet-ZigBee bridge to
allow for remote home-system monitoring via the Internet.

The ZigBee standards enable interoperable networking among
multiple home systems, including HVAC, lighting, security and home theater. The ZigBee Pro feature set "allows for
more communication options for bigger networks with thousands of devices, among
other features,"  including enhanced ease
of use, a spokesman said.