Technologies, a leading low power RF-semiconductor company, today
posted a new White Paper called "Sentrollers and the Internet of
Things". In this paper Sentrollers are defined as a new,
all-encompassing term for sensors, actuators and controllers - the
various devices that make up the new Internet of Things. The white paper
also describes the important role of ZigBee,
the technology of choice for the Smart Home, as the crucial enabler for
the development of the Internet of Things.
Most of the end-nodes on the internet today are people using PCs,
laptops and smart phones. However this is rapidly changing as more
devices in the home are connecting to the internet, building the Smart
Home, and starting to shift the balance away from people towards
connected things. These devices are usually sensors, controllers,
actuators or combinations that together, can be considered as
"Sentrollers". For instance: a thermostat senses the temperature,
compares this with a desired temperature and activates a heater or air
conditioner, controlling, essentially "sentrolling", the temperature.
The Smart Home will also accelerate the use of sentrollers beyond the
home: in building automation, for the smart grid, and from there in
logistical, industrial and agricultural applications.
Multi-Service Operators (MSOs) are driving the Smart Home applications
already through their service offerings, like security, energy
management and home care. The number of devices connecting to the
internet is steadily growing by several millions per week - a quiet
revolution going on.
The wireless access technology for the Smart Home is ZigBee, the open
worldwide IEEE standard, equivalent toWiFi. WiFi guarantees reliable
high data rate connectivity for content sharing and distribution.
ZigBee, with its low power and meshing capabilities is ideally suited as
access technology for "sentrollers" processing low data rate
communication packets from these wireless devices on life-long
batteries. Just like WiFi was a real milestone starting the use of
internet at home, the Internet of Things with ZigBee has started at home
as well, enabling the next wave in the technology revolution.
"The number of things connected to the internet will soon surpass the
number of people and in the future sentrollers will dominate the
Internet of Things," says Cees
Links, Founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, a market leader
for ZigBee silicon. "Industry analysts predict factors of 100 things for
1 person when the Internet of People transforms into the Internet of
Things. In the same way as WiFi today is synonymous for wireless
internet (of People), ZigBee is becoming synonymous for the wireless
Internet of Things, making it possible for "any-Thing" to seamlessly
connect to the Internet without worries about power or battery life."
"The rapid growth in smart home, intelligent systems, and the internet
of things, combined with the rapid acceptance of ZigBee standard
provides outstanding opportunities for the developers and manufacturers
of a wide range of web connected home devices and systems," says Michael
J. Palma, Research Manager, Consumer Device Semiconductors & Electronics
Manufacturing Services with IDC.
"Within a decade, these low power, low data rate networks will be common
place and will transform how we interact with our homes."
The white paper on "Sentrollers and the Internet of Things" is available
for download from the GreenPeak
website and explains how ZigBee wireless technology plays a crucial
role in the foundation and establishment of the Internet of Things.
ZigBee is a trademark of the ZigBee Alliance.
About GreenPeak Technologies
GreenPeak Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company and one of the
leaders in the ZigBee market segment with a rich offering of
semiconductor products and software technologies for Smart Home data
communications and the Internet of Things.
The GreenPeak founders have significantly contributed to the invention
of WiFi and made it into a commercial success, used by several billion
people today. GreenPeak is recognized as a leader in developing new
wireless technologies for consumer electronics and smart home
applications, demonstrating rapid growth and adoption by major customers.
GreenPeak is privately funded. It is headquartered in Utrecht, The
Netherlands and has offices in Belgium, France, USA, Japan and Korea.
For more information, please visit www.greenpeak.com.
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