Implications of ZigBee 3.0: Towards a More Universal Home Automation Standard … Kinda Like Z-Wave


One big gripe about ZigBee, the home automation and energy management technology, is that it isn’t really a standard. Not all ZigBee “Pro” interoperable devices communicate with others.

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Now I get that everyone is sick of new so-called standards, but I see Zigbee 3.0 as being quite a bit different. I have never been a fan of the separate profiles that zigbee uses but they have been around as long as Z-Wave and with this new “3.0 standard” (I am not sure the term “standard” is even the correct name for it) almost all of them with the exception of Crestron/Control4 devices and Zigbee Energy metering devices used by the power companies will now be compatible. There may even be a potential for integrating 6LowPan devices, although thats a guess on my part. I am also wondering if 3.0 will include Centralite and their Cable Co HA products (Azela) into the mix as being compatible with ZHA1.2 as well. That would even integrate TWC/Comcast, here in the US, and Rogers, in Canada, HA systems as being more DIY ready as well as making their Jetstream products compatible with Azela, and further compatible with Philips HUE or others – again just a guess.

I see this as groundbreaking news for HA because, one, its not really a new standard but more about the integration of existing zigbee profiles, and two, it seems like there may be a potential here, once Thread has been finalized and is more mature, for popular products like Nest, Philips Hue, WeMo, and many more to be all capable of speaking to each other. Thats possible to some degree now with bridges but I am getting the impression that these devices may even be able to communicate P2P without a bridge or a hub, similar to Insteon devices. Just surmising on that one.

Also, this new ratification is not supposed to have any affect on existing devices, so developers can keep making Zigbee HA 1.2 devices, NEST can keep making 6Lowpan devices and they may ALL be compatible with 3.0 via OTA firmware updates, but all the older profiles will be forward compatible with the new 3.0. If you ask me, Zigbee just became a major threat to Z-Wave. Not picking sides here, I love Z-Wave and Insteon, but I never believed Zigbee was going to be a true threat to the DIY HA industry until now. Just my opinion.

Thank you for letting us, “automate YOUR world”!

Kelly R. Foster – HA World

Logitech invests in the smart home with Harmony remote and hub — Tech News and Analysis


Finally, is this the link between A/V and HA that I (we) have been looking for?


There are very few options out there for those of us who want to tie in our A/V systems with our DIY home automation systems via a good old fashioned Universal Remote.  X-10 used to come on quite a few of them via the “Aux” mode, and Logitech Harmony (I think the 900 or 990 series?? – correct me if I am wrong) used to support Z-Wave for awhile and other than Monster, I don’t know any body else who has z-wave radios inside their IR remote.  I know I am not alone when I say – I do not want to dig out my smartphone every time to control my living room lights AND my TV.  My Universal remote is sitting right there for everyone to use in the house, not just me and my phone.  So, beyond Homeseer, EventGhost and Vera (one-way IR only), what do you do?  Maybe Logitech finally got something going as a solution.


Check out this article from Gigaom and feel free to comment, or contact us for more information or just to chat.  I personally am quite excited to see what happens next.


Logitech invests in the smart home with Harmony remote and hub — Tech News and Analysis.

Google, the Nest, Control4 & Zigbee

Google owns Nest Thermostat & Protect

Is it just me or is something big in the works here?

Google buys Nest. Nest partners with Control4. Control4 is Zigbee. Google is Android.  Google has been quietly developing Android@Home, which is someday supposed to be a killer Home Automation system. They bought out Motorola a couple years ago and are now selling a contract free Android phone, the moto g, then three days ago they buy out the Nest thermostat and Nest Protect system from Tony Fadell, the godfather of the Apple iPod.  Nest opened up their API to outside developers last fall then Control4 partners with them, now Nest has a Zigbee Home Automation publicly traded company working with them when the Google buyout happens on the 13th and don’t forget Google’s purchase now has them owning a product which has a built-in, unused, unutilized Zigbee radio in it since Nest was incorporated three years ago.

Is Zigbee not a common denominator here?  What does all this mean?  That Google plans to use Zigbee as their underlying HA protocol or base for the Android OS phones & tablets all under the Android@Home name? They could easily (not sure how easy?!) include Zigbee radios in their Android smartphones (maybe a moto g??) and tablets and you have home automation built into one of the largest and most popular mobile OS’s ever built.  Seems like a very real possibility to me.

Or maybe Google is setting up to be the biggest name in HA by maneuvering for a takeover of their public trading partner, Control4?

Doesn’t seem too far fetched to me either. Or both. Or none, I am just talking after all.  Do you really think Google bought Nest so they could own all their many products?  All 2 of them? What do you think?

Kelly R. Foster – HA World