Have you heard? This week marks the release of the Next Generation ZigBee Smart Energy Gateway, the ConnectPort X2e. You might be wondering, what does this mean for me? For the industry?
The X2e provides a simpler path for innovators to create devices that make our world a greener place– both for homes and businesses. Now these systems can be rolled out to a wide user base while increasing ROI.
“These lower cost gateways provide a faster adoption pathway to the iDigi Device Cloud, which makes building robust energy applications easy,” explains iDigi CTO Joel Young.
The newest addition to the ZigBee family, the ConnectPort X2e, is an economical and enhanced version of the ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband. Additional memory and processing power for over-the-air updates make it easier to establish and maintain large Smart Energy device deployments.
All Smart Energy gateways feature the iDigi Device Cloud, allowing the devices to easily and securely integrate energy consumption data, such as energy use on a per-home basis, into new and existing applications. The ConnectPort X2e for Smart Energy automatically connects to the iDigi Device Cloud for easy installation and management of connected devices and is programmable in iDigi’s application framework.
The ConnectPort X2e’s additional processing power allows support for more complex local energy efficiency applications, and the increased memory enables support for the impending ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 standard. The gateway also runs the open platform Linux operating system.
Want to get involved? Interested in making your own smart energy device? Here’s more information on ZigBee.
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