IOT News Roundup

ZigBee, EnOcean energy-harvesting IOT partnership; Ascom Unite Messaging Suite now integrates with Stanley Healthcare RTLS; ITU teams with Georgia Tech for IOT standards; Sigma Designs offers added security to its Z-Wave products; new DUOS app uses beacons to break the ice at conferences and events; Silicon Labs offers two new Gecko microcontrollers.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec 18, 2015

ZigBee and EnOcean Alliances Ally to Create Self-powered Product Applications

The ZigBee Alliance and the EnOcean Alliance, a building-automation organization, are partnering to offer applications that use ZigBee-based technology with EnOcean energy harvesting. The partnership is intended to enable a broader range of self-powered IoT sensor solutions.

To accomplish this goal, a technical task force composed of ZigBee Alliance and EnOcean Alliance representatives will be established, with the aim of defining the technical specifications required to combine standardized EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) with the ZigBee 3.0 specification, which operates according to the worldwide IEEE 802.15.4 2.4 GHz standard. The alliances plan to complete the definition of this technical specification and share details of associated collaborative marketing and business activities during the second quarter of 2016.

ZigBee 3.0 is an open wireless IoT product-development specification that extends all the way from the physical layer to the application network layer. It includes certification and branding for improved interoperability across a growing range of market segments.

Ascom Unite Messaging Suite Interoperates With Stanley Healthcare RTLS

Health-care information technology solutions company Ascom Wireless Solutions reports that its Ascom Unite Messaging Suite now integrates with Stanley Healthcare's AeroScout real-time location system (RTLS). With the interoperability, Stanley Healthcare RTLS alerts can be sent via Ascom Unite. The RTLS solution is used by health-care facilities for staff-assist calls, asset management, infant and patient protection, and temperature management; therefore, alert calls necessary in the event of a problem would use the Ascom Unite functionality.

Potential health-care customers can view how the technology works and interoperates at the Stanley Healthcare Customer Experience Center, located in Waltham, Mass.

ITU and Georgia Tech to Collaborate on IoT Standards

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has formed an agreement with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to monitor activities in IoT technology and develop standards together. The two organizations formed a memorandum of understanding to better identify the need for, and develop standards for, the Internet of Things industry. The work will be done with the help of the ITU Standardization Sector Study Group 20, which is already focused on such IoT technologies and applications as those in use in smart cities, as well as machine-to-machine communications and sensor networks.

Georgia Tech's involvement in the collaboration will include the use of Georgia Tech's Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT)—a think tank dedicated to identifying and solving challenges related to IoT technologies and applications.

The two groups will establish a joint steering committee, provide thought leadership to encourage standards groups and trade associations to participate in IoT-relevant discussions, organize and host topic-relevant events, such as workshops and webinars, and assist with the standardization work of ITU study groups.

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