ZigBee Connects with the Mobile Phone
“ZigBee mobile devices include mobile telephones and personal digital assistants with embedded ZigBee technology or using a ZigBee subscriber identity module (SIM) card. These devices act as a mobile terminal and/or as a sensor control device anywhere there is a ZigBee network or ZigBee access point.”
Some key applications involve healthcare. A set of sensors monitoring a person’s physiological condition could be collected by that person’s mobile phone and then sent over the mobile phone network to his doctor. Another application could combine wireless sensor data with a location-based map (read last week’s post) to give a real-time view of a network.
There’s also enough security built in that it can handle payment data.
The upshot is that with a ZigBee to mobile phone connection, the user can combine both short distance (through ZigBee) and long distance (through mobile phones) to create more interesting applications.