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ZigBee is a wireless network protocol specifically designed for low rate sensor and control networks. There are a number of applications that can benefit from the ZigBee protocol. Building automation networks, home security systems, industrial control networks, remote metering and PC peripherals are some of the many possible applications. Compared to other wireless protocols, the ZigBee wireless protocol offers low complexity, reduced resource requirements and most importantly, a standard set of specifications. It also offers three frequency bands of operation along with a number of network configurations and optional security capability.

ZigBee is a new wireless technology developed by the ZigBee Alliance to overcome the limitations of BLUETOOTH and Wi-Fi. ZigBee is developed on the top of IEEE 802.15.4 standard. It is designed for low-power consumption allowing batteries to essentially last forever. Though we have couple of methods for multimedia applications, till now nothing has been developed for sensor networking and control machines which require longer battery life and continuous working without human intervention. ZigBee devices allow

batteries to last up to years using primary cells (low cost) without any chargers (low cost and easy installation).

2.1 Evolution of Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Network (LR-WPAN) Standardization

The cellular network was a natural extension of the wired telephony network that became persistent during the mid-20th century. As the need for mobility and the cost of laying new wires increased, the motivation for a personal connection independent of location to that network also increased. Coverage of large area is provided through (1-2km) cells that co-operate with their neighbors to create a seamless network. Cellular standards basically aimed at facilitating voice communications throughout a metropolitan area. During the mid-1980s, it turned out that an even smaller coverage area is needed for higher user densities and the emergent data traffic. The IEEE 802.11 working group for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) is formed, to create a wireless local area network standard. Whereas IEEE 802.11 was concerned with features such as Ethernet matching speed, long range(100m), complexity to handle seamless roaming, message forwarding, and data throughput of 2-11Mbps. Wireless personal area networks (WPANs) are used to convey information over relatively short distances. WPANs are focused on a space around a person or object that typically extends up to 10m in all directions. The focus of WPANs is low-cost, low power, short range and very small size. The IEEE 802.15 working group is formed to create WPAN standard. This group has currently defined three classes of WPANs that are differentiated by data rate, battery drain and quality of service (QoS). The high data rate WPAN (IEEE 802.15.3) is suitable for multi-media applications that require very high quality of services. Medium rate WPANs (IEEE 802.15.1/Bluetooth) will handle a variety of tasks ranging from cell phones to PDA communications and have QoS suitable for voice communications.

The low rate WPANs (IEEE 802.15.4/LR-WPAN) is intended to serve a set of industrial, residential and medical applications with very low power consumption, with relaxed needs for data rate and QoS. The low data rate enables the LR-WPAN to consume very little power. This feature allows small, power-efficient, inexpensive solutions to be implemented for a wide range of devices.

2.2 Zigbee and IEEE 802.15.4

The IEEE 802.15.4 standard is a simple packet data protocol for lightweight wireless networks and specifies the Physical (PHY) and Medium Access Control (MAC) layers for Multiple Radio Frequency (RF) bands, including 868 MHz, 915 MHz, and 2.4 GHz. The IEEE 802.15.4 standard is designed to provide reliable data transmission of modest amounts of data up to 100 meters or more while consuming very little power. IEEE 802.15.4 is typically less than 32 kb in size, featuring a 64-bit address space, source and destination addressing, error detection, and advanced power management. ZigBee technology takes full advantage of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and extends the capabilities of this new radio standard by defining a flexible and secure network layer that supports a variety of architectures to provide highly reliable wireless communication. ZigBee technology also offers simplicity and a cost-effective approach to building, construction and remodeling with wireless technology. ZigBee is all set to provide the consumers with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into every day devices. ZigBee is expected to provide low cost and low power connectivity for equipment that needs battery life as long as several months to several years but does not require data transfer rates as high as those enabled by Bluetooth. This kind of network eliminates use of physical data buses like USB and Ethernet cables. The devices could include

telephones, hand-held digital assistants, sensors and controls located within a few meters of each other. Thus, ZigBee technology is a low data rate, low power consumption, low cost; wireless networking protocol targeted towards automation and remote control applications.

2.3 ZigBee Alliance

The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The goal of the ZigBee Alliance is to provide the consumer with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into every day devices. ZigBee technology will be embedded in a wide range of products and applications across consumer, commercial, industrial and government markets worldwide. For the first time, companies will have a standards-based wireless platform optimized for the unique needs of remote monitoring and control applications, including simplicity, reliability, low-cost and lowpower.

2.4 Why is it called Zigbee?

It has been suggested that the name evokes the haphazard paths that bees follow as they harvest pollen, similar to the way packets would move through a mesh network. Using communication system, whereby the bee dances in a zigzag pattern, worker bee is able to share information such as the location, distance, And direction of a newly discovered food source to her fellow colony members. Instinctively implementing the ZigBee Principle, bees around the world actively sustain productive itchiness and promote future generations of Colony members.

3.1 General Description
A LR-WPAN is a simple, low-cost communication network that allows wireless connectivity in applications with limited power and relaxed throughput requirements. The main objectives of an LR-WPAN are ease of installation, reliable data transfer, short range operation, extremely low cost, and a reasonable battery life, while maintaining a simple and flexible protocol. The three license-free frequencies of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard include sixteen channels at 2.4 GHz, ten channels at 915 MHz, and one channel at 868 MHz, to support global or regional deployment. The maximum data rates for each band are 250 kbps, 40 kbps and 20 kbps, respectively. The air interface is direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) using binary phase shift keying (BPSK) for 868 MHz and 915 MHz and offset-quadrature phase shift keying (OQPSK) for 2.4 GHz. Other features of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY include receiver energy detection, link quality indication and clear channel assessment. Both contention-based and contention-free channel access methods are supported. Maximum packet size is 128 bytes, including a variable payload of up to 104 bytes. IEEE 802.15.4 employs 64-bit IEEE and 16-bit short addresses, which supports over 65,000 nodes per network. The IEEE 802.15.4 MAC also enables 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 access method iscarrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA-CA). Network routing schemes are designed to ensure power conservation, and low latency through guaranteed time slots. A unique feature of ZigBee network layer is communication redundancy eliminating single point of failure in mesh networks. IEEE and ZigBee Alliance have been working closely to specify the entire protocol stack.

IEEE 802.15.4 focuses on the specification of the lower two layers of the protocol (physical and data link layer). On the other hand, ZigBee Alliance aims to provide the upper layers of the protocol stack (from network to the application layer) for interoperable data networking, security services and a range of wireless home and building control solutions.

3.2 Zigbee characteristics

The focus of network applications under the IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee standard include the features of low power consumption, needed for only two major modes (Tx/Rx or Sleep), high density of nodes per network, low costs and simple implementation. These features are enabled by the following characteristics 2.4GHz and 868/915 MHz dual PHY modes. This represents three license-free bands: 2.4-2.4835 GHz, 868-870 MHz and 902928 MHz. The number of channels allotted to each frequency band is fixed at 16 channels in the 2.45 GHz band, 10 channels in the 915 MHz band, and 1 channel in the 868 MHz band Maximum data rates allowed for each of these frequency bands are fixed as 250 kbps @2.4 GHz, 40 kbps @ 915 MHz, and 20 kbps @868 MHz. Allocated 16 bit short or 64 bit extended addresses. Allocation of guaranteed time slots (GTSs) Carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance (CSMA-CA) channel access Yields high throughput and low latency for low duty cycle devices like sensors and controls. Fully hand-shake acknowledged protocol for transfer reliability. Low power consumption with battery life ranging from months to years.

Energy detection (ED). Link quality indication (LQI). Multiple topologies : star, peer-to-peer, mesh topologies

3.3 Device Types

ZigBee devices are required to conform to the IEEE 802.15.4-2003 Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) standard. ZigBee wireless devices are expected to transmit 10-75 meters, depending on the RF environment and the power output consumption required for a given application, and will operate in the unlicensed RF worldwide (2.4GHz global, 915MHz Americas or 868 MHz Europe). The data rate is 250kbps at 2.4GHz, 40kbps at 915MHz and 20kbps at 868MHz. There are three different ZigBee device types that operate on these layers in any self organizing application network. These devices have 64-bit IEEE addresses, with option to enable shorter addresses to reduce packet size, and work in either of two addressing modes star and peer-topeer.

The ZigBee (PAN) coordinator node: The most capable device, the coordinator forms the root of the network tree and might bridge to other networks. It is able to store information about the network. There is one, and only one, ZigBee coordinator in each network to act as the router to other network. It also acts as the repository for security keys.

The Full Function Device (FFD): The FFD is an intermediary router transmitting data from other devices. It needs lesser memory than the ZigBee coordinator node, and entails lesser manufacturing costs. It can operate in all topologies and can act as a coordinator.

The Reduced Function Device (RFD): This device is just capable of talking in the network; it cannot relay data from other devices. Requiring even less memory, (no flash, very little ROM and RAM), an RFD will thus be cheaper than an FFD. This device talks only to a network coordinator and can be implemented very simply in star topology. An FFD can talk to RFDs or other FFDs, while an RFD can talk only to an FFD. An RFD is intended for applications that are extremely simple, such as a light switch or a passive infrared sensor; they do not have the need to send large amounts of data and may only associate with a single FFD at a time. Consequently, the RFD can be implemented using minimal resources and memory capacity.

3.4 Network Topologies

Figure 1.1 shows 3 types of topologies that ZigBee supports: star topology, peer-to-peer topology and cluster tree. 3.4.1 Star Topology In the star topology, the communication is established between devices and a single central controller, called the PAN coordinator. The PAN coordinator may be mains powered while the devices will most likely be battery powered. Applications that benefit from this topology include home automation, personal computer (PC) peripherals, toys and games. After an FFD is activated for the first time, it may establish its own network and become the PAN coordinator. Each start network chooses a PAN identifier, which is not currently used by any other network within the radio sphere of influence. This allows each star network to operate independently.

Figure 1.1 3.4.2 Peer-to-peer Topology In peer-to-peer topology, there is also one PAN coordinator. In contrast to star topology, any device can communicate with any other device as long as they are in range of one another. A peer-to-peer network can be ad hoc, self-organizing and self-healing. Applications such as industrial control and monitoring, wireless sensor networks, asset and inventory tracking would benefit from such a topology. It also allows multiple hops to route messages from any device to any other device in the network. It can provide reliability by multipath routing.

3.4.3 Cluster-tree Topology Cluster-tree network is a special case of a peer-to-peer network in which most devices are FFDs and an RFD may connect to a cluster-tree network as a leave node at the end of a branch. Any of the FFD can act as a coordinator and provide synchronization services to other devices and coordinators. Only one of these coordinators however is the PAN coordinator. The PAN coordinator forms the first cluster by establishing itself as the cluster head (CLH) with a cluster identifier (CID) of zero, choosing an unused PAN identifier, and broadcasting beacon frames to neighboring devices. A candidate device receiving a beacon frame may request to join the network at the CLH. If the PAN coordinator permits the device to join, it will add this new device as a child device in its neighbor list. The newly joined device will add the CLH as its

parent in its neighbor list and begin transmitting periodic beacons such that other candidate devices may then join the network at that device. Once application or network requirements are met, the PAN coordinator may instruct a device to become the CLH of a new cluster adjacent to the first one. The advantage of this clustered structure is the increased coverage area at the cost of increased message latency.

The LR-WPAN architecture is defined in terms of a number of blocks in order to simplify the standard. These blocks are called layers. Each layer is responsible for one part of the standard and offers services to the higher layers. The layout of the blocks is based on the open systems interconnection (OSI) seven-layer model. The interfaces between the layers serve to define the logical links between layers. The LR-WPAN architecture can be implemented either as embedded devices or as devices requiring the support of an external device such as a PC. An LR-WPAN device comprises a PHY, which contains the radio frequency (RF) transceiver along with its low-level control mechanism, and a MAC sub layer that provides access to the physical channel for all types of transfer.


4.1 Network and Application Support layer:

The network layer permits growth of network sans high power transmitters. This layer can handle huge numbers of nodes. This level in the ZigBee architecture includes The ZigBee Device Object (ZDO) User-Defined Application Profile(s) The Application Support (APS) Sub-layer. The APS sub-layer's responsibilities include maintenance of tables that enable matching between two devices and communication among them, and also discovery, the aspect that identifies other devices that operate in the operating space of any device. The responsibility of determining the nature of the device (Coordinator / FFD or RFD) in the network, commencing and replying to binding requests and ensuring a secure relationship between devices rests with the ZDO (Zigbee Define Object). The user defined application refers to the end device that conforms to the ZigBee Standard.

4.2 Physical (PHY) layer:

The PHY service enables the transmission and reception of PHY protocol data units (PPDU) across the physical radio channel. The features of the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY physical layer are Activation and deactivation of the radio transceiver, energy detection (ED), Link quality indication (LQI), channel selection, clear channel assessment (CCA) and transmitting as well as receiving packets across the physical medium.

4.3 Media access control (MAC) layer:

The MAC service enables the transmission and reception of MAC protocol data units (MPDU) across the PHY data service. The features of MAC sub layer are beaconmanagement, channel access, GTS management, and frame validation, acknowledged frame delivery, association and disassociation.

The Zigbee Alliance targets applications "across consumer, commercial, industrial and government markets worldwide". Unwired applications are highly sought after in many

networks that are characterized by numerous nodes consuming minimum power and enjoying long battery lives. ZigBee technology is designed to best suit these applications, for the reason that it enables reduced costs of development, very fast market adoption, and rapid ROI. With ZigBee designed to enable two-way communications, not only will the consumer be able to monitor and keep track of domestic utilities usage, but also feed it to a computer system for data analysis. A recent analyst report issued by West Technology Research Solutions estimates that by the year 2008, "annual shipments for ZigBee chipsets into the home automation segment alone will exceed 339 million units," and will show up in "light switches, fire and smoke detectors, thermostats, appliances in the kitchen, video and audio remote controls, landscaping, and security systems."

Futurists are sure to hold ZigBee up and say, "See, I told you so". The ZigBee Alliance is nearly 200 strong and growing, with more OEM's signing up. This means that more and more products and even later, all devices and their controls will be based on this standard. Since Wireless personal Area Networking applies not only to household devices, but also to individualized office automation applications, ZigBee is here to stay. It is more thanlikely the basis of future home-networking solutions. The technology is designed to be simpler and cheaper than other WPANs such as Bluetooth. The most capable ZigBee node type is said to require only about 10% of the software of a typical Bluetooth or Wireless Internet node, while the simplest nodes areabout 2%. ZigBee is aimed at applications with low data rates and low power consumption.

Futurists are sure to hold ZigBee up and say, "See, I told you so". The ZigBee Alliance is nearly 200 strong and growing, with more OEM's signing up. This means that more and more products and even later, all devices and their controls will be based on this standard. Since Wireless personal Area Networking applies not only to household devices, but also to individualized office automation applications, ZigBee is here to stay. It is more than likely the basis of future home-networking solutions

The ZigBee Standard enables the broad-based deployment of reliable wireless networks with low complexity, low cost solutions and provides the ability for a product to run for years on inexpensive primary batteries (for a typical monitoring application). It is also, of course, capable of inexpensively supporting robust mesh networking technologies ZigBee is all set to provide the consumers with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into every day devices. The mission of the ZigBee Working Group is to bring about the existence of a broad range of interoperable consumer devices by establishing open industry specifications for unlicensed, untethered peripheral, control and entertainment devices requiring the lowest cost and lowest power consumption communications between compliant devices anywhere in and around the home.


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