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Zigbee Technology

Ankit Pandey
ECE Department, Kuk University
great.sunny91@yahoo.com

Technology Education Research Integrated Institute

Abstract: This paper mainly introduces the development of mobile communication systems. In the first section, we briefly review the Zigbee Technology. In the second section we focus on the Zigbee Network Consideration. In the end, we present our ideas about the future of the Zigbee Technology. Keywords: CSMA-CA, GTS, LR-WPAN, IEEE I. INTRODUCTION In recent years there has been rapid development in the wireless sector due to demand for wire free connectivity. Most of the development was focused on high data rate applications like file transfer etc with new standards like Bluetooth emerging. ZigBee is a wireless standard that caters to this particular sector. Potential applications of ZigBee include Home Automation, Wireless Sensor Networks, Patient monitors etc. It is built upon the IEEE 802.15.4 protocol which is intended for LR-WPAN (Low Rate - Wireless Personal Area Network). II. Zigbee Network Consideration In the interest of brevity, many network specific features of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard are not covered in detail in this paper. However, these are necessary for the efficient operation of ZigBee networks. These features of the PHY include receiver energy detection, link quality indication and clear channel assessment. Both contention-based and contention-free channel access methods are supported with a maximum packet size of 128 bytes, which includes a variable payload up to 104 bytes. Also employed are 64-bit IEEE and 16-bit short addressing, supporting over 65,000 nodes per network. The MAC provides network association and disassociation, has an

optional super frame structure with beacons for time synchronization, and a guaranteed time slot (GTS) mechanism for high priority communications. The channel access method is carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA-CA). ZigBee defines the network, security, and application framework profile layers for an IEEE 802.15.4based system. ZigBees network layer supports three networking topologies; star, mesh, and cluster tree as shown in Figure 3. Star networks are common and provide for very long battery life operation. Mesh, or peer-to-peer, networks enable high levels of reliability and scalability by providing more than one path through the network. Cluster-tree networks utilize a hybrid star/mesh topology that combines the benefits of both for high levels of reliability and support for battery-powered nodes. III. Zigbee Applications

ZigBee networks consist of multiple traffic types with their own unique characteristics, including periodic data, intermittent data, and repetitive low latency data. The characteristics of each are as follows: Periodic data usually defined by the application such as a wireless sensor or meter. Data typically is handled using a beaconing system whereby the sensor wakes up at a set time and checks for the beacon, exchanges data, and goes to sleep. Intermittent data either application or external stimulus defined such as a wireless light switch. Data can be handled in a beaconless system or disconnected. In disconnected operation, the device will only attach to the network when communications is required, saving significant energy. Repetitive low latency data uses time slot allocations such as a security system. These applications may use the guaranteed time slot (GTS) capability. GTS is a method of

QoS that allows each device a specific duration of time as defined by the PAN coordinator in the Superframe to do whatever it requires without contention or latency. For example, an automatic meter reading application represents a periodic data traffic type with data from water or gas meters being transmitted to a line powered electric meter and passed over a powerline to a central location. Using the beaconing feature of the IEEE standard, the respective RFD meter wakes up and listens for the beacon from the PAN coordinator, if received, the RFD requests to join the network. The PAN coordinator accepts the request. Once connected, the device passes the meter information and goes to sleep. This capability provides for very low duty cycles and enables multi-year battery life. Intermittent traffic types, such as wireless light switches, connect to the network when needed to communicate (i.e. turn on a light). For repetitive low latency applications a guaranteed time slot option provides for Quality of Service with a contention free, dedicated time slot in each superframe that reduces contention and latency. Applications requiring timeliness and critical data passage may include medical alerts and security systems. In all applications, the smaller packet sizes of ZigBee devices results in higher effective throughput values compared to other standards. IV. Summary

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ZigBee(802.15)communications technology could form the basis of future wireless sensors,offering data reliability, long battery life,lower system costs, and good range through flexible networking. VI. References

https://docs.zigbee.org/zigbee-docs/dcn/04-1427.pdf

This paper has combined the characteristics of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard with the maturing ZigBee specification in defining the wireless profiles for low data rate monitoring and control applications. The capabilities of both will result in the availability of a technology tailored specifically for the low power, low cost, and low complexity applications in the industrial, residential, and home today and in the future. ZigBee is a wireless standard that caters to this particular sector. Potential applications of ZigBee include Home Automation, Wireless Sensor Networks, Patient monitors etc. The key features of these applications and hence aims of ZigBee are Low Cost Low Power for increased battery life Low Range Low Complexity Low Data Rates Co-Existence with other long range Wireless Networks